Romans 10 is a part of the letter in which Paul gives an account of the relationship between the early Christian community and its Jewish heritage. Our confession of faith saves us, not some ethnic lineage. The passage is a mini-kerygma, which is “Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.” Among believers, God shows no partiality or distinction. These partialities and distinction that we make are signs of sins of bigotry and and prejudice.

The “word is near you” is the same word pattern as “the kingdom of God is near you.” It is very clear in the Greek. Actually the word “near” in the sense of “immediate” and “now” come first in the sentences, which means it is the most important and startling thing in the simple proclamation.

Alan Hartway

Theological Studies at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago IL; Master of Fine Arts, Poetics, at Naropa University, Boulder CO 1996; Master of Arts, Greek Classics, University of Colorado, Boulder CO 2012; Taught at Naropa University from 1999 through 2015; Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies from 2007-2015; Member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, Kansas City Province since 1974; Pastor at Guardian Angel Catholic Church, Mead, CO, ministry from 2007-2020 Currently Retired

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