The Word for the 11th Sunday of Ordinary Time:
2 Samuel 12:7-10, 13
Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 7, 11
Galatians 2:16, 19-21
This idea of "faith in Jesus" as the one necessary element for justification is also explored in our 2nd reading from continuing journey through Paul’s letter to the Galatians. Here Paul tells us that following the Law is not enough.. that this alone does not justify us. Instead it is faith in Jesus, the Son of God, the Christ, that gives us justification. For as Paul writes, “… for if justification comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing.” This is one of the readings that help to fuel our constant debate of whether it is “faith” or “good works” that lead us to salvation. As is typical of that dual nature of our Catholic sensibilities, it’s not either/or… it’s both/and.
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