ISSL Reflections July 18, 2021, Romans 4:1-12 Post 3

Let’s go back for a few moments to the several verses I focused on in the last post. Take a moment to quiet yourself and read this slowly to allow time for Paul’s words to sink deeply.

Romans 4:1, 9, 11-12

“What then are we to say was gained by Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh?”

“Is this blessedness, then, pronounced only on the circumcised, or also on the uncircumcised?”

“The purpose was to make him the ancestor of all who believe without being circumcised and who thus have righteousness reckoned to them, and likewise the ancestor of the circumcised who are not only circumcised but who also follow the example of the faith that our ancestor Abraham had before he was circumcised.”

Read the verses again paying attention to what Paul says regarding “the circumcised” and the “uncircumcised.”

What separates them?

What unites them?

Read the verses again and see if anything comes to mind that separates members of the Christian community today.

Can you think of anything (or maybe several things) that create barriers between Christians today?

What do you think would be Paul’s counsel to us today?

{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}

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