Galatians 4:22-24, 26-27, 31- 5:1
Paul makes an argument that only a Jew or a person who knows Jewish history well will understand. He contrasts the nature of the relationships of Ishmael and Isaac with the promises that God made to Abraham. Ishmael is man?s solution to the problem of barrenness and Isaac is God?s solution. It is through Isaac, through the son born by the power or Spirit of God, who will carry the promise, not Ishmael. Ishmael signifies those who rely upon their own strength, like those who subject themselves to the Law rather than the Holy Spirit.
22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the freeborn woman. 23 The son of the slave woman was born naturally, the son of the freeborn through a promise. 24 Now this is an allegory. These women represent two covenants. One was from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; this is Hagar. 26 But the Jerusalem above is freeborn, and she is our mother. 27 For it is written: ?Rejoice, you barren one who bore no children; break forth and shout, you who were not in labor; for more numerous are the children of the deserted one than of her who has a husband.? 31 Therefore, brothers, we are children not of the slave woman but of the freeborn woman. 5: 1 For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.
P S A L M
Psalm 113:1-2, 3-4, 5-7
R: Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.
1 Praise, you servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD. 2 Blessed be the name of the LORD both now and forever. (R) 3 From the rising to the setting of the sun is the name of the LORD to be praised. 4 High above all nations is the LORD; above the heavens is his glory. (R) 5 Who is like the LORD, our God, 6 who looks upon the heavens and the earth below? 7 He raises up the lowly from the dust; from the dunghill he lifts up the poor. (R)
G O S P E L
It is important to pray for the gift of wisdom and discernment so that we will be able to recognize the hand of God at work in our lives and cooperate with us. Jesus challenges those around Him to look at the way pagans were drawn to the wisdom of Solomon. They recognized truth when they saw it. Do we? If we have open minds and we are alert to the events around us, we ought to be able to see what God is doing in our midst. Only those whose hearts are hardened by sin will be blind to the wonderful works of God around them.
29 While still more people gathered in the crowd, he said to them, ?This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah. 30 Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. 31 At the judgment the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation and she will condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and there is something greater than Solomon here. 32 At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because at the preaching of Jonah they repented, and there is something greater than Jonah here.
think: If we have open minds and we are alert to the events around us we ought to be able to see what God is doing in our midst.
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