In these few verses, Paul allows us to see who we are, who God is, and what God has done for us. The central message is stated repeatedly, and with clarity: righteousness is given to us through faith in Jesus Christ. We are justified, or made righteous, through a gift freely given by God. This is a grace offered to us as sinners, and comes unmerited and unearned.

In the first week of the Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius indicates a desire for us to be moved by the mercy and goodness of God. Sitting with this scripture passage, may we be similarly stirred, and thereby inspired, to make a generous response of love.

Today the church remembers Saints John de Brebeuf and Isaac Jogues, Jesuit priests and martyrs, and their companions. May their witness inspire us to ask: How can I model the radical generosity of God to those I encounter today?

—Marty Kelly is an Associate Chaplain at College of the Holy Cross and a Regional Coordinator for Contemplative Leaders in Action in Boston.