Chapter 8 – Sunday’s Reading

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!


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3 Responses to Chapter 8 – Sunday’s Reading

  1. wth3 says:

    in regards to faith and fidelity, I have been drawn to Simeon’s story since I heard a song by Steve Angrisano called, “Simeon’s Song.” I literally get chills every time I sing it. It is his tale of fidelity and faith in the face of suffering which draws me. The idea that he had a vision and knew that he would not die until he had seen the Chosen One is fascinating and deeply moving. I can only imagine his incredulity at having to suffer the ravages of time in pain and in hope. His patient love is a pure model for me. Anna, a widow and a prophetess, also reflects these same themes of fidelity and awe; at the age of 84. As we spend our Lenten devotions in reflection, let us remember the suffering of those believers who went before us. They are sign of the Christ in our lives, too. Pray that our redemptive suffering gives glory to God!

  2. Hi wth3! I haven’t heard Steve Angrisano sing “Simeon’s Song” yet, but here is Michael Card singing a song by the same name… and you are so right about the awe inspiring example of faith and fidelity of Simeon and Anna. “Patient love”, what a beautiful way of expressing the life we live in the already and not yet of living a life of Faith – the confidence of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen! (Laurie)

  3. OOPS so the link to the song didn’t work… here it is:

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