The second reading at Mass on Sunday, the first Sunday of Lent, speaks of the word, the living word, that is living faith.
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.
To hear the word, to receive it…
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