Paul is in damage control mode. He has heard that some false prophets and teachers have seduced the Galatians away from the Gospel and so he writes to them to call them back to the true faith. Being a pastor or preacher is not an easy life. It involves the hardship and toil of discipling people in their faith to the point that they can do the same with others. Until we reach that goal, the work of evangelization in a person?s life is not yet complete. Paul toiled for months and sometimes years in the communities he founded in order to raise up leaders to take over from him. In some places he was more successful than others This is just a part of life. Note, though, how Paul is not going to give up his community without a fight and doing all that is in his power to call them back to the true faith.
6 I am amazed that you are so quickly forsaking the one who called you by [the] grace [of Christ] for a different gospel 7 (not that there is another). But there are some who are disturbing you and wish to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach [to you] a gospel other than the one that we preached to you, let that one be accursed! 9 As we have said before, and now I say again, if anyone preaches to you a gospel other than the one that you received, let that one be accursed! 10 Am I now currying favor with human beings or God? Or am I seeking to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ. 11 Now I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel preached by me is not of human origin. 12 For I did not receive it from a human being, nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
P S A L M
Psalm 111:1-2, 7-8, 9-10
R: The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.
1 I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart in the company and assembly of the just. 2 Great are the works of the LORD, exquisite in all their delights. (R) 7 The works of his hands are faithful and just; sure are all his precepts, 8 reliable forever and ever, wrought in truth and equity. (R) 9 He has sent deliverance to his people; he has ratified his covenant forever; holy and awesome is his name. 10 His praise endures forever. (R)
G O S P E L
The parable of the Good Samaritan is one that we should never lose sight of in regards our relationship with the world, particularly those who have no faith in Jesus. It is essential that we interact with such people as how else will they hear or see the Gospel in action? It is through the witness of our lives that they will be drawn to Jesus. When they see us go above and beyond the call of duty to help others, they will have to be impressed by our commitment and the generosity of our love. Let us pray that we will be faithful to this calling and never miss an opportunity to give witness to the Gospel of love and mercy.
25 There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test him and said, ?Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?? 26 Jesus said to him, ?What is written in the law? How do you read it?? 27 He said in reply, ?You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.? 28 He replied to him, ?You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.? 29 But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus, ?And who is my neighbor?? 30 Jesus replied, ?A man fell victim to robbers as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down that road, but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. 32 Likewise a Levite came to the place, and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. 33 But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight. 34 He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them. Then he lifted him up on his own animal, took him to an inn and cared for him. 35 The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction, ?Take care of him. If you spend more than what I have given you, I shall repay you on my way back.? 36 Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers? victim?? 37 He answered, ?The one who treated him with mercy.? Jesus said to him, ?Go and do likewise.?
think: It is through the witness of our lives that others will be drawn to Jesus.
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