Rome ("Città Nuova"), 10 November 1992
Commentary of the Word of Life:
Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. (Rom 15:7)
These words are some of Paul’s final guidance in his letter to the Christians in Rome. This community, like many others spread throughout the Graeco-Roman world, was composed of believers who came partly from pagan and partly from Jewish origins. Therefore their mindsets, their cultural backgrounds and their spiritual sensitivities were very different. Such diversity gave an opening to judgements, prejudices, discrimination and intolerance towards others that were certainly not in accord with the mutual welcome that God wanted them to have.