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THE KEY SCRIPTURE VERSE

“Since we live by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s lead.” –Galatians 5:25 Sometimes you will find that most of the verses of the Scripture passages for Mass each day are acceptable even to pagans, secular humanists, and fallen-away Catholics. For example, in today’s Gospel reading, Jesus points out the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and tells the Bible lawyers not to burden people without helping them (Lk 11:43-46). Many anti-Christians certainly agree with Jesus on these two points. In today’s reading from Galatians, the fruit of the Spirit is described as love, joy, and peace (Gal 5:22). Almost everyone...

“MERCY TRIUMPHS” (SEE JAS 2:13)

“Let Your kindness come to me, O Lord.” –Psalm 119:41 In today’s first eucharistic reading and Gospel passage, the Galatian Christians and the Pharisees are admonished by St. Paul and Jesus, respectively. These two groups seem to have been unable to grasp that God prefers to work through merciful love and loving-kindness rather than through religious practices motivated by attempts to justify ourselves with the Lord. Jesus challenged the Pharisees – and us, too – to “go and learn the meaning of the words, ‘It is mercy I desire and not sacrifice’ ” (Mt 9:13; see also Hos 6:6). Let...

THE SIGN IS THE LENGTH OF THE LINE

“This is an evil age. It seeks a sign. But no sign will be given it except the sign of Jonah.” –Luke 11:29 To the Pharisees who wanted a dazzling, miraculous sign, Jesus offered the sign of Jonah. What was the sign of Jonah? It was a sign with two meanings. First, it was a sign of the Resurrection of Jesus. Jonah was buried in the water in the belly of a large fish, and was delivered safely to land on the third day (Jon 2:1, 11). Second, another sign of Jonah was the sign of repentance. The entire population...

GIVE UP

“Jesus answered: ‘I give you My word, there is no one who has given up home, brothers or sisters, mother or father, children or property, for Me and for the gospel who will not receive in this present age a hundred times as many homes, brothers and sisters, mothers, children and property – and persecution besides – and in the age to come, everlasting life.’ ” –Mark 10:29-30 We will either give up our lives for love of Jesus, or we will give up hope. We will either abandon ourselves to Him or we will despair as life becomes impossible....

CLOTHES LINES

“All of you who have been baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Him.” –Galatians 3:27 Being clothed with Christ means: living “honorably as in daylight” and making “no provision for the desires of the flesh” (Rm 13:13, 14), putting “on that new man created in God’s image, whose justice and holiness are born of truth” (Eph 4:24), being clothed “with power from on high” (Lk 24:49), that is, the Holy Spirit (see Acts 1:8), clothing ourselves “with heartfelt mercy, with kindness, humility, meekness, and patience” (Col 3:12), clothing ourselves with humility in our “relations with one another” (1 Pt...

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