Our discussion of Romans 10: 1-13 today was especially fruitful. Here are some highlights:
- v. 4: Jesus fulfills the Law, but doesn’t destroy it. One way of looking at this is that the Law is a necessary guide because we don’t believe in “once saved, always saved.” [Further reflection on St. John Chrysostom’s commentary on this verse reveals that since we can’t observe the Law “aright,” we need Jesus for “wholeness.”]
- vv. 9-10: Oral prayer (confessing Jesus with our lips) serves several purposes, including helping us to learn and believe, assuring us, protecting us, and unifying us with the Church. This discussion led to several interesting linguistic and other asides, including: a) We are united in community only through Jesus, like spokes on a wheel. b) We are united, but distinct. For example, in the Extraordinary Form Mass, the parts are in Latin throughout the world, but the readings and teachings are in the vernacular; also, in Heaven, we will all be together, but we will each have our distinct (glorified) body. c) Even in the Church’s second greatest prayer, the Liturgy of the Hours, when one is praying it alone, one is encouraged to at least to move her lips, if not actually speak the words aloud, to signify unity with the Church in praying the prayers. [I promised the ladies some links on the Divine Office. See this newly-revised post. I would love to find a way to introduce whoever is interested to this nourishing practice; perhaps I can bring my copy and we could try praying Morning Prayer before the study sometime.]
- We also heard a report on the highlights of a local Catholic conference, including: a) the importance of following spiritual urges and inspirations; b) to dispose of negative thoughts and replace them immediately with the positive, as if the negative thoughts were hot coals; and c) a good way to diffuse anger is to ask “What is your expectation?”
- The ladies who arrived early enough prayed a Rosary for Nathaniel. The group agreed that we are so grateful for how Nathaniel’s family shares their struggle with us, as our prayers and sacrifices for them are also serving to build our own faith.
- There are a few dates that we will likely be without a meeting room, due to school resuming. An e-mail will be sent-out with the arrangements for those dates (which may include meeting in a home), starting with October 7.
As always, I invite the ladies to add to what I’ve posted or discuss it further in the space below.
9/8/10 — In preparation for our study of Romans 10, please see this link. (I’m not sure what our tech scene will look like tomorrow morning, so I’m going to try to have the links off of my post pre-loaded in my netbook for reference, but those of you with smartphones might be able to help, too, by bookmarking the link above. 🙂 )