Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Paul to the Romans

This week at daily Mass, we started reading the letter to the Romans. These readings will continue for the next four weeks.

In yesterday's reading, Paul states the heart of what his letter is all about:
"I am not ashamed of the Gospel. It is the power of God leading everyone who believes in it to salvation, the Jew first, then the Greek. For in the Gospel is revealed the power of God, which begins and ends with faith, as Scripture says: 'The just one will live by faith.'" (1:16-17).

This is the core of Paul's message in Romans. The letter centers on the importance of faith, believing in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
He goes on to portray the situation of humanity without Christ. Both Gentile and Jew need the salvation that Jesus offers. Paul sketches a catalog of sins that humanity has fallen into. This will then lead up to how Jesus can save us from the mess we get ourselves in.