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FRIDAY, November 25 JAMES OTIS SARGENT HUNTINGTON, Monastic and Priest, 1935
Romans 15:9b-12 “Therefore, I will confess you among the Gentiles, and sing praises to your name”; and again, he says, “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people”; and again, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples praise him”; and again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse shall come, the one who rises to rule the Gentiles; in him the Gentiles shall hope.”
Much of Saint Paul’s ministry involved breaking through old centers of tribalism and traditions and replacing them with Christian faith. Even old titles like Jew and Gentile would prove to be outmoded in this new unity. Our sources of pride, loyalty, identity, and ideology take a backseat to this new unifying presence. We’re no longer members of disparate groups, families, or races. From now on, we are brothers and sisters in Christ and members of his church body, brought together at the eucharistic table.
I have very little in common with many people in my congregation. In fact, we may not agree on a single thing. But every week, we kneel at the same communion rail and confess our sins to the same Christ.
MOVING FORWARD: Read Galatians 3:28. How does its message fit within this passage from Romans?