The forgiveness of sins does not come as a result of our efforts, but as a gift of God. We are blessed whose sins the Lord does not record.
Salvation does not come to us through our own works of virtue. It does come to Jews and Gentiles alike through faith, as gift.
None of us can represent Christ by ourselves. We need each other. Each of us is a gift to our fellow believers.
Like the Roman Christians, we too are called to faith and salvation. But we have to accept their implications.
Paul was one of the great teachers of the apostolic church. His Letter to the Romans better enables us to get to know Paul and his teaching.
We don’t have to earn God’s benevolence or work for it. We must only open ourselves to what God has in store for us.
The "Day of the Lord" is always near. It is an occasion for repentance and reform. It calls for responsiveness from the people.
Much of the time the Church is like the Jewish community returning from exile: peopled with sinners, gifted with saints, always in need of reform.
In today's reading, Jonah remains annoyed with God for showing mercy to the Ninevites. The moral of the story is that God is merciful, more merciful than we are.
In spite of the reluctance of His prophet to cooperate, God has demonstrated that He is a god of kindness and mercy.