Monday, October 3, 2016

Galatians 1:6-12, Psalm 111:1-2, 7-10, Luke 10:25-37


I give you a new commandment:
love one another as I have loved you. Jn 13:34

Galatians 1:6-12, Psalm 111:1-2, 7-10, Luke 10:25-37

Galatians 1:6-12

My soul's beloved, Paul can boldly say that he received the Gospel through a revelation from You but we who are baptized into You Body have received it through faith, through the handing down of that faith from our parents, that faith that has been deposited from Apostolic times in the Church. It has been faithfully preserved, pondered over, studied meticulously with the aid of Your Holy Spirit and kept alive by that same divine Spirit. The Written Word of Holy Scripture and Sacred Tradition together with its interpretation by the Magisterium which is the teaching authority of the Church are the foundations on which Your Body, the Church is built with You as its Cornerstone and Peter as the Rock.

Paul has never been one to mince words, he tells it like it is, because he is concerned as a father is concerned that his children are being led astray. We do not run after charismatic preachers, or preachers of any kind who preach a gospel to suit the culture, or to be politically correct. He says that should anyone even an angel from should heaven preach a gospel other than that preached by the Apostles it ought to be rejected as false and such a person will be accursed. 

The world today curries favor, and panders to certain sections of people in the world, they twist the message of the Gospel using words and arguments that blur the Truth and deceive the ignorant and those who desire to be deceived because it confirms them in their sins. 

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.

To be a slave of Christ means to belong to Him utterly, totally, completely - in this belonging is our joy.

Psalm 111:1-2, 7-10

My soul's beloved, that You for Your assurance that You will remember Your Covenant of Love forged by Your very Life with us. Thank You Lord for the Church that gathers us together as one body to thank You, adore and worship You, and celebrated the memorial of Your love each day on our altars. All Your works O Lord are exquisite in their beauty and in the joy and delight that they give us. All Your works O Lord from the rising of the sun to its setting, from the coming of the seasons faithfully one after another, for the light by day and the dark by nigh - all things O Lord are blessings that You grant us and are reasons to praise You. The Truth that has been revealed to us from the moment God created the world and all through salvation history are the means by which we are guaranteed a place in Your Kingdom. 

Thank You Father for delivering us from the jaws of death and from the wiles of Satan by sending us Your Son, thank You Father for ratifying Your Covenant of Love with the Sacrifice of the Lamb without stain or blemish - the only sacrifice that could have wrought our salvation.

My soul's beloved may I never forget that Your Name is the Only Name given to us in heaven or on earth that saves. 

He has sent deliverance to his people;
he has ratified his covenant forever;
holy and awesome is his name.
His praise endures forever.

Luke 10:25-37

My soul's beloved, every now and then we see in the Gospels how certain people had the temerity to put You to the test in order to trap You. You were fully aware of their motives yet You did not shut them up rather You drew them out and explained to them the error of their arguments. 

This particular scholar of the law knew perfectly well what he needed to do to inherit eternal life yet, because he and others like him were jealous of the crowds that You attracted by the way in which You preached and taught accompanied by signs and wonders they sought to trap You. You answered His question with one of Your Own, You which would lead him to answering his own question.

“What is written in the law? How do you read it?” 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.” He replied to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.” 

He knew that he was trapped and so he tried another tactic in order to save face. Who is my neighbor? he asked for Jews considered fellow Jews only as their neighbor and You went on to narrate one of the most beautiful parables in the Gospels, the parable of the Good Samaritan. Once You had pointed out exactly who is truly a neighbor You threw the question back to the teacher of the law, "Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?” He from his lips came the answer You were looking for, “The one who treated him with mercy.” We are called not only to know who our neighbor is but we are called to act like one, “Go and do likewise.”

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