And hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.
Much more surely then, now that we have been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
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.
Upon first reading this passage I was struck by how logical Paul’s train of thought is; if it takes great courage to die for a good person then how much more generous to die for a sinner. If God was willing to die for a sinner, how much more must he care for us now that our sins have been removed? Paul, the good student of Jewish law, has become an excellent Christian theologian.
Upon further reflection, however, I wonder if this isn’t much more personal for Paul. He was, after all, the “good” Jew who was not a very good person, the persecutor of Christians. Perhaps this passage is Paul realizing that Christ loves him despite his own sinful past.
Then I wonder how I might live this day if I too was unshakably rooted in the assurance that God loves me infinitely and unconditionally?
—Jerry Skoch is a Spiritual Director and Vice President & Chief Mission Officer at Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, OH.
To the Sacred Heart of Jesus, I give myself and consecrate to the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ, my person and my life, my actions, pains and sufferings, so that I may be unwilling to make use of any part of my being other than to honor, love and glorify the Sacred Heart. This is my unchanging purpose, namely, to be all His, and to do all things for the love of Him.
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