Fri, Dec 23rd

By: Brittany Fiscus

Romans 1.1-7

Reflection—v. 5, ‘Jesus Christ… through whom we have received grace and apostleship’

We find hope in the fact that Jesus is coming to bring healing grace to our broken world—but what about the call to action that accompanies this grace? Paul reminds us that the grace Jesus brings into our world inspires our participation in it. Though we wait for the grace that only Christ brings, we cannot sit idly by. As those of us struggling with mental health are ignored on the streets, and as those of us who weren’t born in this country, or do not speak English, are told we are not welcome here, and as those of us with black skin live in constant fear of being targeted or murdered because of the color of our skin, we are not merely called to wait and hope for grace, but are charged with the work of spreading a ‘good news’ that is better than our sad state of affairs. We are empowered to point to something beyond the systems of this world, where grace looks like finding value in all human beings.

Prayer God of grace, may we be ready to respond to your grace with action.