After a wonderful 4th, we get back in the saddle. And today we have a fascinating conglomeration of readings. Matthew is evocative and weird. Woe to you, Scribes and Pharisees! Jesus gets pretty bombastic, even goes so far as to call them “children of hell”. It is not a passage you will hear read on Sunday morning.
Romans, on the other hand, is breathtaking in its beauty, cadence, almost poetic in nature. “Who is in a position to condemn? It is Christ Jesus…. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The Romans passage is one often read at funerals, and one that sums up the Christian journey. Heaven and earth may not seem to match, with terrible sufferings occurring down here. It is easy to feel separated or even isolated from God and Christ’s purposes. Nevertheless, Paul assures us that nothing can stand between the love of God and his people.
These words come as a great reminder to us. Despite the problems of life, we must remember that God walks with us, and nothing can separate us from the fullness of his love. Despite conflict, heartache, pain, and death, God is with us.
I hope you enjoy these odd and colorful readings today. Remember to simply click through on any of the blue links to read them online.