As happened in last Monday’s reading from Isaiah when we caught the spirit of the prophet, so also today, the essence of Paul shines forth. Extravagant in his travels to begin churches where no one else has ever been, he yet finds time to pause, to write, to share with the Romans a letter that would come to be in your hands across the millennia.
Let yourself be encouraged along with his first readers. He quotes verses from the Torah, the Psalms, and Isaiah that express the point he makes in verse 4. Do with Paul’s letter what he does with the Hebrew Scriptures; find verses in this chapter that quicken you to all the joy of being called to intimacy with Christ in the Spirit.
Paul asks for prayers. We might forget that he, just as Jesus in his agony, needed the prayer of his disciples. Be open for the Spirit to bring to your mind those spiritual leaders who need your prayers.
What are these?
Pleasing others, not ourselves v. 1
With one voice, glory to Thee v. 6
God of hope, fill us with joy. v. 13
What You are doing through me v. 18
This is the twelfth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year A.(The first week occurred at the end of the season of Epiphany.)
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Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.
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