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Meditation – Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time Year A
Genesis 21:8-21
Psalm 86:1-10
Romans 6:1b-11
Matthew 10:24-39

I used to be a “Jehovah’s Witness”. I was very familiar with Romans 6:7 because it was used as the basis for a particular doctrine. We were taught that anyone who had died was acquitted of his sins, so that in the resurrection he had a second chance, a new start with his slate wiped clean. I never questioned it, until I came to read the entire Bible from cover to cover. When I reached Romans 6, understanding Paul’s argument as I read, I suddenly came up against verse 7 like a five-bar gate in my way. What I had been taught regarding that verse did not fit the rest of the chapter. I can remember returning to the beginning of the chapter and having another run at the “gate”. I still could not clear it – not until I allowed its real meaning to dawn on me...

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