Romans 11:13-15, 29-32

My reading for today’s mass:

Brothers and sisters:

I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I glory in my ministry in order to make my race jealous and thus save some of them. For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?

For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable. Just as you once disobeyed God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience, so they have now disobeyed in order that, by virtue of the mercy shown to you, they too may now receive mercy. For God delivered all to disobedience, that he might have mercy upon all.

I want to hear what Father Francis says about this reading in his homily tonight, because I find it confusing. It seems contradictory in a lot of ways: is this saying we are all responsible for each other’s disobedience? That the mercy I receive is through proxy of mercy toward others? I’m contemplative, but I want to hear what Father Francis says, or at least read an interpretation before I make my mind up about what this reading means to me…

While I’m being contemplative, I think I’ll gaze into the newest thing I’ve made at the museum: currents in a bottle.


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