Going through today’s mass readings, I was struck by the following:
“And thus I aspired to preach the gospel, not where Christ was already named, so that I would not build on another man’s foundation” (Rom 15:20 NASB)
The phrasing struck me as odd, in particular because elsewhere the Evangelist writes:
“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone” (Eph 2:19-20 NASB)
Keeping the passages consistent, does Paul mean in Romans that he doesn’t wish to intrude upon the ministry of a fellow apostle or evangelist? I understand that he wishes to reach all (1 Tim 2:4) but it’s an odd phrasing for it, when something like “so that I may lay again the Foundation of Christ” would be more appropriate.
Is there some nuance I’m missing in the lectio?