Who Needed to be Reconciled? God or Humankind? (Thurs. June 23)

The word of the day is “reconciled.”  It is possible to find those who consider themselves enemies of God.  But most people would deny it.  Instead, many may admit that “God” does not mean much to them.  They harbor no ill will toward God as long as He does not interfere with their lives.  Today in our reading of Romans 5:1-10, Paul writes that “If when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son…” (OSB Romans 5:10).  Today we will explore what it means to be an enemy of God.  From this study, we can gain a deeper appreciation of our reconciliation with God. One question sets the direction of our thought.  Paul charges…

No Longer Alienated (Wed. Nov.10)

The word of the day is “alienated.”  In our reading of Colossians 1:18-23, St. Paul proclaims that Christ has “made peace through the blood of His cross” (vs.20).  Why did it take the suffering of the Cross for the Father to “reconcile all things to himself”? Why couldn’t some sweet words of His lovingkindness have accomplished it? Why couldn’t our Heavenly Father have declared his unmerited forgiveness of sinners without such the shedding of the Lord’s blood? Theologians have wrestled with these questions throughout the centuries.  In our reading, St. Paul refers to the “human condition” to give one answer.  He states, “you… were once were alienated and enemies [of God] in your mind by wicked works…” (vs. 21).  Paul…

Who Needed to be Reconciled? God or Humankind? (Thurs. July 1)

The word of the day is “reconciled.”  It is possible to find those who consider themselves enemies of God.  But most people would deny it.  Instead, many may admit that “God” does not mean much to them.  They harbor no ill will toward God as long as He doesn’t interfere with their lives.  Today in our reading of Romans 5:1-10, Paul writes that “If when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son…” (OSB Romans 5:10).  Today we will explore what it means to be an enemy of God.  From this study, we can gain a deeper appreciation of our reconciliation with God. One question sets the direction of our thought.  Paul charges that…