Today’s Gospel reading from Luke 10 is the story of the good Samaritan. For the first reading, we’re in the first chapter of St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians. St. Paul starts off by expressing amazement (disappointment?) for what he saw going on.
“I am amazed that you are so quickly forsaking the one who called you by the grace of Christ for a different gospel (not that there is another). But there are some who are disturbing you and wish to pervert the Gospel of Christ.” Funny…those words could so easily be written today, because many today are perverting the Gospel of Christ, and many are falling for the lies.
What are some of these lies? Here are just a few: That murdering the child in the womb is okay. (Some even say God approves!) That marriage is something other than one man and one woman. That it’s okay to mistreat people because of where they’re from or the color of their skin. Oh, there’s a lot more. Folks who disagree will say, “You’re the one who’s perverting the Gospel!” What this always boils down to is authority. Did Christ Jesus give His authority to any BODY (not anybody), and can that BODY and that authority still be found today? The answers are yes and yes. Christ founded the Catholic Church and She still retains His authority to preach and teach the full, true Gospel.
Father, help us to accept the truth of the Gospel as handed down to the Apostles and their successors, the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic faith. Amen.
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