“The Epistle – second reading for this day, from Romans, is the gem of the Reformation, for Staupitz and Luther in their day and for us in our time: God puts those who have sinned against God into a right relationship with God, justifying them as a free gift, completely apart from anything deserved or even decided. In other words, God takes the initiative to make friends out of those who are enemies because they have fallen from God’s exacting demands of God’s law.”

“Getting By With a Little Help from Our Friends” – Rev. John Havrilla