Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32
I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel? for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. Just as you were once disobedient to God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience, so they have now been disobedient in order that, by the mercy shown to you, they too may now receive mercy. For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful to all.
Food For Thought:
This is a difficult passage for modern readers to understand. Paul is in a rhetorical argument with himself about God’s role in his life. He asks the readers, “Does God reject his people?” The answer of course is “no.” God would never reject God’s people. Even though we falter and fail, God still loves us. There is nothing that we can do that God would take God’s love away from us. This is a wonderful promise.
Eternal God, you are present with us throughout our lives, even when others plot to do us harm.
May we learn to live together in unity, that in all we do, we may sing your praises now and forever. Amen.