A reading from the letter of Paul to the Romans.
I speak the truth in Christ: I do not lie. My conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit that there is great grief and constant pain in my heart.
Indeed, I could even wish to be separated from Christ for the sake of my sisters and brothers, my kinfolk the Israelites. Theirs were the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the Law-giving, the worship, and the promises; theirs was the ancestry, and from them came the Messiah. I refer here to human ancestry. Blessed forever be God who is over all! Amen.
The Word of God recorded in the letter of Paul to the Romans.