You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly exhibited as crucified! The only thing I want to learn from you is this: Did you receive the Spirit by doing the works of the law or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish?
Having started with the Spirit, are you now ending with the flesh? Did you experience so much for nothing? —if it really was for nothing. Well then, does God supply you with the Spirit and work miracles among you by your doing the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard?
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
St. Paul could never run for office. He would not be tolerated by our culture of “snowflakes.” And that’s probably why I like him so much. He had fervor and he wasn’t afraid to name stupidity when he saw it. He cared more about saving souls than about being well-liked. As he so often does, he grabs his audience by their spiritual shoulders and shakes with affectionate rigor: “Wake up, fools! Remember who you are in Christ.”
They put St. Paul in jail for the things he said, and of course, eventually they killed him. But I wonder, where could I use a little more of such gumption, such conviction. Where do I play it too safe in a world that desperately needs to have its shoulders shaken and its spiritual compass reset?
Jesus, stir my passion for the truth, that I might risk more of myself in revealing you.
—Liz Kelly is the author of the award-winning Jesus Approaches published by Loyola Press and trained as a director in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.
Lord Jesus, may we root ourselves so firmly in our faith in you that we are confidently able to speak your truth into a world that desperately needs to hear it. Amen.
—The Jesuit Prayer team
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