As we Gather
There is an immediacy in today’s Epistle. The Church was not looked upon kindly by Jewish believers or the Roman Empire in Paul’s day. So, he asks his readers, then and now, to not consider how others might evaluate them, but to focus on the spiritual reality that lies beneath. Then they might see the current moment as another day of salvation. He hopes that this will widen their hearts, that is, move them to let their faith be shown in greater loving actions. The other Readings remind us that the God we have come to trust is the One who created all things and is one with our Lord, who remained in control of His creation even as He was determined to die within it for our sake.