Paul is a little angry and without comprehension as to why the Galatians would fall back into their old ways of living. The Galatian community was probably largely based upon a pre-existing Jewish community and thus all the talk about the Law in this letter. Paul re-emphasizes that it is by faith that we are saved and not obedience to the Law. The Law is important but obeying it is secondary to faith; it comes after we have entrusted our salvation to the work of Jesus on the cross. We cannot earn our salvation through what we do. We do what we do in obedience to the Law precisely because we have already been saved from sin, not in order to be saved from sin in the first instance.
1 O stupid Galatians! Who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified? 2 I want to learn only this from you: did you receive the Spirit from works of the law, or from faith in what you heard? 3 Are you so stupid? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now ending with the flesh? 4 Did you experience so many things in vain? ? if indeed it was in vain. 5 Does, then, the one who supplies the Spirit to you and works mighty deeds among you do so from works of the law or from faith in what you heard?
P S A L M
Luke 1:69, 70- 71, 72, 73-75
R: Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people.
69 He has raised up for us a mighty savior, born of the house of his servant David. (R) 70 Through his holy prophets he promised of old: 71 that he would save us from our enemies, from the hand of all who hate us. (R) 72 He promised to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant . (R) 73 This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham, 74 to set us free from the hand of enemies, free to worship him without fear, 75 holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life. (R)
G O S P E L
Prayer is often about persistence. How much do you really want the thing you are asking from God at the moment? St. Monica prayed for the conversion of her son for 32 years before she got what she wanted. And the result was probably the greatest theologian that the Church has seen. Are you willing to pray and persevere for that long? If not, then God may conclude that you are not really committed to what you are requesting and thus not give it to you. You might be like a little kid who receives a gift, plays with it for a few weeks and then gets bored with it and forgets it. I am not saying that it takes 32 years of perseverance to get anything from God. But that I am sure God looks to our depth of commitment before answering our prayer.
5 And he said to them, ?Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and says, ?Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, 6 for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him,? 7 and he says in reply from within, ?Do not bother me; the door has already been locked and my children and I are already in bed. I cannot get up to give you anything.? 8 I tell you, if he does not get up to give him the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence. 9 And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 11 What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? 12 Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? 13 If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the holy Spirit to those who ask him??
think: The Law is important but obeying it is secondary to faith.
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