Tuesday 17 October 2023
St Ignatius of Antioch
Romans 1:16-25. The heavens proclaim the glory of God – Psalm 18(19):2-5. Luke 11:37-41.
I am not ashamed of the Good News
I have grown to love St Paul. Part of that has been the discovery of his fragility. The Acts of the Apostles provides a full account of his discovery on the road to Damascus on three separate occasions. The story is full of wonder and surprise. It also tells the tale of a tentmaker who thought he had the meaning of life all sewn up. He was knocked off his horse.
Paul’s letter to the Romans is the only time we find him writing to a community he is yet to visit. It contains some of the most exquisite and confident writing imaginable. It is also veined by moments of uncertainty. He starts by trying to create a relationship with strangers: he prays for them, he longs to share with them, he apologises he has been so long absent. From such a tentative beginning, he then says, ‘I am not ashamed of the Good News.’ May we all find faith flowering on the branches of our uncertainty.