Introduction. Scripture, reflection and prayer.
Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy scriptures, the gospel concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be Son of God with power according to the spirit of holiness by resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for the sake of his name, including yourselves who are called to belong to Jesus Christ, To all God’s beloved in Rome, who are called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Reflection. Paul is introducing himself. He had to this in his letter to the Romans as this is a church that he did not found. So he writes that he has received his apostleship from Jesus Christ. Paul also writes of the history of the gospel concerning Jesus. And, Paul includes the people of Rome as those who need to hear and obey.
Then he prays the believers will know grace and peace.
So, a recap:
I'm an apostle.
There is a gospel to proclaim.
Rome needs to hear it.
Know the peace and grace of God.
How much of this can apply to us?
Prayer. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.