I myself feel confident about you, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to instruct one another. Nevertheless on some points I have written to you rather boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given me by God to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to boast of my work for God. For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to win obedience from the Gentiles, by word and deed, by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and as far around as Illyricum I have fully proclaimed the good news of Christ.
Thus I make it my ambition to proclaim the good news, not where Christ has already been named, so that I do not build on someone else’s foundation, but as it is written, “Those who have never been told of him shall see, and those who have never heard of him shall understand.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
In today’s first reading, Paul reminds the Romans that they, like him, are called to live their lives so that Christ can work through them. By placing Christ as the central value in his life, Paul is able to spread the Good News to all. We too, are invited to choose how we face our lives, starting with a vision of our highest value. If you orient ourselves towards this highest good, you may consider this your relationship with God. Live the best life you could possibly imagine. Give love to yourself, ameliorate the suffering and combat the malevolence within yourself. Then, stand up straight, face things courageously, and try to find the highest value. What do you have to do that’s better than that? It is our duty to take responsibility, bear a heavy burden, try to make things better, be more honest. In that, there might be sufficient meaning to justify the suffering of life.
Lord Jesus, we ask you now
to help us to remain with you always,
to be close to you with all the ardor of our hearts,
to take up joyfully the mission you entrust to us,
and that is to continue your presence
and spread the good news of your resurrection.
—Carlo Maria Martini, SJPlease share the Good Word with your friends!