You have been buried with Christ, when you were baptised; and by baptism, too, you have been raised up with him through your belief in the power of God who raised him from the dead. You were dead, because you were sinners and had not been circumcised: he has brought you to life with him, he has forgiven us all our sins.
He has overridden the Law, and cancelled every record of the debt that we had to pay; he has done away with it by nailing it to the cross.
Second reading for the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Lord has freed us from sin, but temptations continue.
Our salvation is not past event, completed, achieved. It is work in progress. The Lord continues to save us, as we need him to, and if we let him!
Photograph (c) 2017, Allen Morris. Enamel plaque. Louvre, Paris.