Friday, June 09 2023
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Last week we looked at Rublev's icon of the Trinity revealing the creative power of God's hospitality shown through Abraham and Sarah. This Sunday, we once again return to the story of these ancestors in faith through the lens of St. Paul in his magisterial Letter to the Romans. Paul reimagines what it means to be a member of the household of Israel. It is a natural human tendency to gather as a community with people who look like us, think like us, and worship like us. Paul's message is that the resurrection of Jesus changes everything and the household of faith is wider than we could ever imagine. A hymn we will sing this week puts it this way: "For the love of God is broader than the measure of the mind; and the heart of the eternal is most wonderfully kind. If our love were but more faithful, we should take him at his word; and our life would be thanksgiving for the goodness of the Lord."