A Penitent Blogger

Mindful of my imperfections, seeking to know Truth more deeply and to live Love more fully.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The wrong externals

Both of today’s readings address people who focus on the wrong external actions for their salvation.

Salvation comes from Christ, not from purely external adherence to rituals and legalistic codes, as Saint Paul reminds in today’s first reading (Galatians 5:1-6).

Our Lord himself in today’s Gospel (Luke 11:37-41) likewise warns us about focusing on the externals

You cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish,
inside you are filled with plunder and evil.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, be merciful to me – a sinner.