Friday, July 01, 2011

Romans 7:15-25a

Pentecost + 3 - Year A

Romans 7:15-25a

So many fractures in life.

death - life
sin - good
mind - flesh
spirit - body
law within - law without

No wonder Paul finally exclaims - I'm Wretched.

I recommend a book by RW "Obie" Holmen, “A Wretched Man: A Novel of Paul the Apostle” wherein much good contemporary scholarship is conveyed in novel form. It will get your thinker going again.

Where is the going on?

From the cross Jesus cried out, “I commend my life.”
In Paul’s last days we might hear him finally say, “Catch me.”

In these two we find parentheses, fore and aft, of lives well-lived - From grace to draw near to G*D as a life’s work to finally allowing grace to simply proceed in the midst of all the contradictions and paradoxes and blockages of life. Wherever you are on that spectrum, rejoice.

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