Week of October 14 - Day 4

Day 4 Read: Romans 5:1-7

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die

Reflect: What does logic say someone will die for? How was Christ different?

Consider: While we were still helpless. Or “weak.” So Paul describes the enduring condition of the unjustified person: incapable of doing anything to achieve rectitude in the sight of God. In the Greek text there is an emphatic repetition of the adv. eti, “still,” which stresses the persistence of the condition. In the face of such persistent weakness and helplessness stands God’s action in Christ.[1]

Respond: Why did we need to be reconciled to God? What separated us from Him?

[1] 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), 398–399.