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Lectionary Passages from The Letter to the Romans,
Sundays of Year A

The middle weeks of Ordinary Time, liturgical year A, offer a rather breezy tour of Saint Paul's Letter to the Romans. For the sake of argument, grant that the kernel of the letter's teaching is that we get right with God by faith in Christ. Then the readings of the first six Sundays of this period give the skeleton of Paul's doctrine. But they only give the skeleton. The passages proclaimed on subsequent Sundays are tied together by the same theme of faith in Christ, but they're more disparate. They work out other implications of our incorporation into Christ.

A preacher wanting to do justice to Romans ("do justice to Romans," get it?) on these Sundays really needs a long-term plan. And a lector in that preacher's congregation would do well to know that plan, and how each Sunday's piece fits into the whole composition. To aid both lector and preacher, here's an admittedly even more breezy summary of each Sunday's selection from Romans.

Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A

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The USCCB links are seasonal; the Easterbrooks pages include links to the readings that always work.

Chapter and Verses of Romans

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Date, Sunday, 2008

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Summary of Selection
9th, per USCCB

Easterbrooks

3:21-25,28 June 1 God has shared with us a righteousness other than that thought to come from observing the Law of Moses. It is our redemption in Christ Jesus. Faith makes it available to us.
10th, per USCCB

Easterbrooks

4:18-25 June 8 Abraham's faith is what let him be right with God. Our faith in Jesus will let us be right with God.
11th, per USCCB

Easterbrooks

5:6-11 June 15 While we were undeserving, Christ died for us. So we were reconciled with God. So yet shall we be saved.
12th, per USCCB

Easterbrooks

5:12-15 June 22 Sin entered the world through Adam. Sin could be imputed to us after Moses gave the Law. Grace has reentered the world in Christ.
13th 6:3-4, 8-11 Lector's Notes for the 13th Sunday or Ordinary Time, not celebrated in 2008 Baptism immerses you in the death and resurrection of Christ. As death is now powerless over Christ, you are dead to sin.
14th, per USCCB

Easterbrooks

8:9, 11-13 July 6 Don't live in the flesh, lest you die. Let God's spirit animate you.
15th, per USCCB

Easterbrooks

8:18-23 July 13 Our future glory outweighs by far our present suffering. Creation, too, awaits redemption. We groan as we await redemption.
16th, per USCCB

Easterbrooks

8:26-27 July 20 The Spirit intercedes for us when we cannot pray as we should.
17th, per USCCB

Easterbrooks

8:28-30 July 27 For those who love God, all things work together for good. We're predestined, called, justified and glorified.
18th, per USCCB

Easterbrooks

8:35, 37-39 August 3 Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.
19th, per USCCB

Easterbrooks

9:1-5 August 10 Paul is in anguish because his fellow Jews, heirs of God's promise, seem to have forfeited everything by rejecting Christ.
20th, per USCCB

Easterbrooks

11:13-15, 29-32 August 17 The Jews' disobedience led to the situation where God could show mercy to you Gentiles.
21st, per USCCB

Easterbrooks

11:33-36 August 24 Oh, the depths of God's wisdom! Who can give God counsel?
22nd, per USCCB

Easterbrooks

12:1-2 August 31 Offer yourselves as spiritual sacrifice. Do not conform to this age; rather, please God.
23rd, per USCCB

Easterbrooks

13:8-10 September 7 Love one another. That fulfills the whole law.
24th 14:7-9 Lector's Notes for the 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time, not celebrated in 2008. Living or dying, we belong to the Lord

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