Week of September 9 - Day 3

Day 3 Read: Romans 2:9-11

There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, 10 but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. 11 For God shows no partiality.

Reflect: What judgment awaits the people whose works reveal their faithlessness? What judgment awaits the people whose works reveal their faith in God? Why are each of these eternal rewards good news for the Christian?

Consider: …for there is no partiality in God. Lit., “for there is no face-uplifting on God’s part,” i.e., he lifts up the face of both Jew and Greek alike or he looks with equity on both; he has no favorites. This verse provides the basis for what Paul said in v 10 about everyone “who does good” and in v 9 about everyone who “does evil.”3

Respond: How does God’s impartiality speak good news into the bad news of this world? How can you demonstrate your gratitude that God is impartial?

 

 

3 Joseph A. Fitzmyer S.J., Romans: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary, vol. 33, Anchor Yale Bible (New Haven; London: Yale University Press, 2008), 303.