Going through these weeks of Fanning the Flame I have been struck by how my hearing is sharpened listening to the readings at Mass. Just this morning, while the homily took cues from the first reading and the Gospel and would have been just awesome for Chapter 4, “Bring about the Obedience of Faith,” the reading tucked in between was a great fit for this week on the “Saving Death and Resurrection of Christ.” Read again that passage:
“Brothers and sisters: If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but handed him over for us all, how will he not also give us everything else along with him? Who will bring a charge against God’s chosen ones? It is God who acquits us, who will condemn? Christ Jesus it is who died-or, rather, was raised- who also is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.” (Rom 8:31b-34)
Then the last paragraph of the chapter:
“The Resurrection makes credible everything Jesus did and taught. It exposes how Jesus accomplished God’s eternal plan for our salvation. Through it we taste heavenly gifts and the glory of the age to come. The power of the Resurrection reminds our culture that grace is always more powerful and effective than sin and evil.” (USCCA, pg. 97-8)
It shouldn’t surprise when themes so frequently weave in and through the Scripture readings and the study of the faith, even the frequent intersection on a given week. Afterall, our faith really is an integrated whole – inviting us to wholeness and fullness of life!