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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Reflections 2020-10-08 Friday 27th Week in Ordinary Time – St Denis and Companions

Galatians 3:6-14;Psalm 111; Luke 11:15-26
I made a mistake for yesterday because I thought it was St Denis’ feast day. Any way, another proof I am not perfect.
St Paul warned the Galatians all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse. What did he mean by this? That anyone who thinks the blind obedience to the law saves is under a curse. Many think the pious actions we do will help save them. They think that by doing the requirements of the Law, they will earn points so they can be rewarded so they can go to heaven. This is one of the errors taught in the early Church, that salvation is won by our own efforts. Paul was very clear that Abraham was justified by faith. He said the one who is righteous will live by faith. The faith Paul means here is not just an intellectual consent, and neither is it just a verbal confirmation. Instead, the faith Paul means here is a faith that converts and transforms a person to trust God and lead this person to obedience of God. This is why Abraham was counted as righteous because he believed, trusted in God and acted accordingly.
The people in the Gospel were experts of the Law and they accuse Jesus of casting out demons by Beelzebul. These knew Scripture. These followed the Law strictly, but they do not have faith because their knowledge of God did not lead to trust in God.
This is why we need to be careful on whom we listen to, because not every one who has fancy degrees in Theology have faith. If my knowledge of Scripture and of God does not lead me to change, then that knowledge is useless. I become like one who trusts in my knowledge, thinking because of it, I am saved.
While good works without faith is useless, faith without works is dead. Faith transforms us and it has to be made visible through good works. The Son of God became flesh, to show God’s love for us. The same thing with our faith, it has to be made visible for it to be real.
Lord, let me not trust in my skills, my knowledge, my efforts. Instead, let me trust only in you. May my faith transform my heart, so I can live for the glory of your name. St Denis, pray for me, that I may be transformed by the Holy Spirit and have the courage to live out my faith in obedience to God.

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