We spend our lives looking to be satisfied: some believe that meaning in life is found through achievement of career goals; some see money and possessions as a guarantee of personal contentment; while some seek the attainment of inner peace through personal moral and religious discipline. Paul disagrees. The great Reformation watchword was “sola fide” – justification by faith alone. As Paul states above: since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ .
The invitation for today is for us to stop trying so hard! Let go of the compulsive striving. Allow space for God to love you as you are. Be open to peace being a consequence of a prior decision to entrust your life into God’s care. Having chosen to trust the One who made you – get on with living the life God has given you. Work hard, play much and laugh from your belly.
Clement of Rome (d.110), "And we who through his will have been called in Christ Jesus are justified, not by ourselves, or through our wisdom or understanding or godliness, or the works that we have done in holiness of heart, but by faith, by which all men from the beginning have been justified by Almighty God, to whom be glory world without end. Amen." (First Clement, 32-33)
Sixth Sunday of EasterChosen by God
Scripture reading taken from A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants p.173