Sunday, July 31, 2011

Second Reading At Mass

This was the second reading at Mass this morning:
Rom 8:35, 37-39

Brothers and sisters:
What will separate us from the love of Christ?
Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine,
or nakedness, or peril, or the sword?
No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly
through him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life,
nor angels, nor principalities,
nor present things, nor future things,
nor powers, nor height, nor depth,
nor any other creature will be able to separate us
from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Indeed. We sound inseparable from the love of God don't we? Every violent action in the world cannot seem to overwhelm His love for us or separate us from Him, yet, I have this nagging feeling that there is one thing, something not mentioned in this litany of obstacles that face us or will in the future, that could throw all of this confidence down the drain...and that is ourselves. This reading tells us that nothing on the outside of us, can possibly separate us from God, but what of something from within us? Something that comes from our own hearts?

Does not sin without repentance separate us from Him if we allow it? The ball seems to be in our court doesn't it? Food for thought...


  1. I need to know why we have a second reading.

  2. Anonymous, the Mass is divided into two sections. The Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. In the Liturgy of the Word, we normally read something from the Old Testament, and then for the second reading we read from the New Testament, usually one of the Epistles or from the Acts of the Apostles. Then finally we read from Gospels themselves and hear our Lords words. This is the way the Mass is set up. These readings change as we go through our church year. I hope that helps


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