Prayer of the Day
Feast of St. Paulinus of YorkOctober 10th, 2014
God told Abraham; “in you all the pagans will be blessed.” (Galatians 3 : 8) Those who rely on faith receive the same blessing as Abraham, the man of faith. All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written in the Book of the Law. Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because the righteous will live by faith. Christ redeemed from the curse of the law, be becoming a curse for us, for it is written; “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus’ so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.
Moral law, this sort of law is the direct command of God, for example, the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20 : 1-17), it requires strict obedience. It reveals the nature and will of God, and it still applies to-day. At times, Paul asked Gentile Christians to follow some of these laws, to live in ways pleasing to God.
There are two common interpretations of to-day’s Gospel reading, Luke 11 : 15-26. Some of the Pharisees followers drove out demons. If this was so, the Pharisees accusations became more desperate. To accuse Jesus of being empowered by Beelzebub, the prince of devils (or Satan himself) because Jesus was casting out demons was also to say that the Pharisees own followers were doing Satan’s work. Jesus turned the religious leader’s accusations against them. Why would the devil drive out his own demons? Possibly the Pharisees followers were not driving out demons and even if they tried they did not succeed. Finally, he concluded that his work of casting out demons proves that the Kingdom of God has arrived.