27th Week in Ordinary Time, Thursday, Year II

Paul reminds us in today’s First Reading that it is not just something that saves us, but someone. Without faith in Christ our baptism would have been nothing more than a wash of the forehead, because without faith in Christ he cannot act on our behalf. Every religious practice, from holy water to the Eucharist, is an opportunity for Our Lord to work some spiritual good in our lives, but only if we muster even a little faith in him to do so.

The Galatians in today’s First Reading were being beguiled by a lot of religious practices that seemed to be a guarantee of salvation, but Paul showed them the danger of putting their faith in their actions and not putting their faith in Christ. We have to work with Christ to ensure our salvation.

Take stock today of your religious observance and ask Our Lord to see whether you are just going through the motions or living a life of faith in him. Let the Holy Spirit help you live a life of the Spirit.

Readings: Galatians 3:1–5; Luke 1:69–75; Luke 11:5–13. See also 17th Week in Ordinary Time, Sunday, Cycle C1st Week of Lent, Thursday, and 27th Week in Ordinary Time, Thursday.