This is the close to what is acclaimed as the greatest treatise on Christianity in the New Testament. You are reading what moved the “greats”—Martin Luther and John Wesley, just to name a few.
Most of the passage is Paul’s commendation to those especially endeared to him. The woman’s name, Phoebe, in verse 1, means “The Radiant One.” By the way in which you are, you radiate or obscure the goodness and acceptance of God through yourself to others. Your radiance of God’s unfailing love is what people need to find the peace for which they long. Recall verse 5 from Psalm 34 of yesterday.
The center of the chapter contains Paul’s final appeal to unity. When you discuss issues, beware of self-interest, which fosters division.
As you see the sun setting on the day and the season, lift your voice in prayer and praise of God in the final verse of this great letter.
What are these?
Sending out kisses of peace v. 16
Being wise in what is good v. 19
Strengthened by Thy Gospel, Lord v. 25
To God: glory forever v. 27
This is the thirteenth and last week in Pentecost, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.
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