God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful to all. Romans 11:32
Last week we heard about the “righteousness of faith” . This week as we continue reading through Paul’s Letter to the Romans we hear a little more about that. There is 1.) the righteousness of the law and 2. ) the righteousness of faith that holds on to the mercy of God in Christ. The moment of righteousness for us as Christians comes not when we have fulfilled the law but when we have received the forgiveness of sins in the name of Jesus Christ. The gospel reading from Matthew 15—the story of the Canaanite woman—will be the basis of the sermon. This story illustrates further the wideness of God’s mercy, a liberating corrective to the narrowness of human considerations.