October 6, 2014 (Galations)

We begin a series of readings at mass from Paul’s letter to the Galatians. Galatia was a region, a Roman Province. Paul had taught the gospel there and there were a number of other evangelizers who were teaching them that they had to conform to the Torah regulations, e.g. circumcision and dietary laws. This infuriated Paul and we see it in the tone of the letter which shows Paul have restrained anger. He taught that we were not saved by keeping these laws but by our faith (allegiance) in Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross. For Paul, what made a Christian was: faith in Jesus, baptism, and living a life of charity. It’s the same today as in Paul’s day. Jesus has to be the center f our life and we need to act towards others as He would.

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