God Shows No Favoritism (Fri. June 17)

The word for today is “alike.” Justice is blind. It does not discriminate but treats all alike. That is our ideal. But does it apply to the judgments of God? In today’s reading of Romans 2:14-24, Paul answers the Jews who “rest on the law.” They boast that they “know His will” and are “instructed out of the law” (OSB vs. 18). Therefore, they think that the Almighty Creator of the world treats them differently. His promises are for them and not others who are outside the covenant. If the Gentiles want a share in these promises, they must be circumcised and become Jews. Then they would be qualified to be part of God’s Chosen People to whom God sent…

Overcoming the Limitations of Partiality: Then and Now (Tues. May 17)

The word of the day is “common.”  One thing is for sure, the Holy Spirit, “who is everywhere and fills all things” hates limitations.  If you doubt it, just test Him, for the Lord Jesus said, “…with God all things are possible (OSB 19:26).  But though led by the Holy Spirit, the early church had one great limitation that had to be overcome.  The fellowship of faith was held captive within the boundaries of its origins in Judaism. Today in Acts 10:21-23, we read Luke’s report of how the Holy Spirit directed the early church to leap over that limit.  In response to a vision, we hear Peter preach, “In truth, I perceive that God shows no partiality.  But in…

God Shows No Favoritism Either to Jews or Gentiles (Fri. June 25)

The word of the day is “alike.”  Justice is blind.  It does not discriminate but treats all alike.  That is our ideal.  But does it apply to the judgments of God?  In today’s reading of Romans 2:14-24, Paul answers the Jews who “rest on the law.”  They boast that they “know His will” and are “instructed out of the law”  (OSB vs. 18). Therefore, they think that the Almighty Creator of the world treats them differently.  His promises are for them and not others who are outside the covenant.  If the Gentiles want a share in these promises, they must be circumcised and become Jews.  Then they would be qualified to be part of God’s Chosen People to whom God…

Overcoming the Limitations of Partiality: Then and Now (Tues. May 25)

The word of the day is “common.”   One thing is for sure, the Holy Spirit,  “who is everywhere and fills all things”[i] hates limitations. If you doubt it, just test Him, for the Lord Jesus said, “…with God all things are possible (OSB 19:26).  But though led by the Holy Spirit,  the early church had one great limitation that had to be overcome.  The fellowship of faith was held captive within the boundaries of its origins in Judaism. Today in Acts 10:21-23, we read the report of how the Holy Spirit directed the early church to escape that confinement.  In response to a vision, we hear Peter preach, “In truth, I perceive that God shows no partiality.  But in every…