Scripture says: The word (that is the faith we proclaim) is very near to you, it is on your lips and in your heart. If your lips confess that Jesus is Lord and if you believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, then you will be saved.
By believing from the heart you are made righteous; by confessing with your lips you are saved.
When scripture says: those who believe in him will have no cause for shame, it makes no distinction between Jew and Greek: all belong to the same Lord who is rich enough, however many ask his help, for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
Second reading for the First Sunday of Lent
The Kingdom is very close to you, near at hand. The Living and saving Word is very close…
What – if anything – hold you back from the Kingdom, from the Living Word? And why?
Speak with the Lord in prayer. Make your prayer the prayer of the father at the foot of the mount of Transfiguration. ‘Lord I do have faith. Help the little faith I have.’. (Mark 9.14)
Image: Demon. Painting by MA Vrubel in Moscow’s Tretyakov Gallery. (c) 2015, Allen Morris