Faith and Love

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St. Paul made it very clear that salvation through Christ Jesus was available to everyone – Jew and Gentile alike. He also made it clear that the old Levitical laws were no longer binding.

In today’s first reading from Galatians 5, St. Paul says, “For in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.” In today’s Gospel reading from Luke 11, Jesus talks about this idea of outward appearances not matching what’s inside.

“Faith working through love.” We must have faith in Christ. But that alone is not sufficient. It must be “working through love.” In other words, we can claim to have all the faith in the world, but if it’s not being made present through our love, it don’t mean bupkis. A profession of faith without love in our heart (and our deeds) is just a bunch of empty words.

Father, increase our love, that our faith may shine out into the world through our acts of love. Amen.

Today’s Readings

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