Can’t we all just get along? Why must we judge?
Wherever I look, I can see people judging other people. “Look what she is wearing. I can’t believe she’d wear something like that;” “Where do you think he got the money to afford that;” “Mom, he always gets to play with that toy. Why?;” “Can you believe they are at church?;” “She thinks she is all that because _____, etc., etc., etc. Judge, judge, judge!
St. Paul saw it too. He saw people judging other people based on their background, Jew or Gentile. In this week’s readings, and also a theme in his letter, Paul writes that all our welcome to the Lord. What is needed is FAITH. One group is not above the other. Can we say the same about people today? Whom do you judge? Do you consider yourself a better mother/father, daughter/son, employee, friend, Christian?
This week, please read:
- Humanity without Christ – Part 2 (3:1-20)
- Salvation Through Faith in Christ – Part 1 (3:21-4:25)
- What verse(s) stood out to you and why?
- What, if any, solace do you find in these verses? Any warnings?
- As indicated in this week’s readings, how important is faith?
- Additional Questions found in your study guide or in the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible – The Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans (page 44).