Father David Théroux, S.S.E. reflected on The Apostle Paul and His Letter to the Galatians on Aug. 21 at Saint Anne’s Shrine in Isle La Motte. This was part of a special summertime reflection series offered to the public by the Edmundites.
The Apostle Paul was a prominent Jewish Roman citizen prior to his conversion to Christianity. We find out in his letter to the Galatians where he stands with Judaizers who were teaching that it was necessary to become Jewish before becoming Christian. Saint Paul made it blatantly clear this was never the teaching. Father Théroux explained Saint Paul’s argument to a group of about 25 people in the Boucher Building after a rainy Mass in the outside Chapel.
A brief summary of Saint Paul’s life was given along with details about the Jerusalem Conference where the Apostles decided Christians did not have to follow the Mosaic Law. Early Christians followed just a few simple core elements that included the belief that there is only one God and that Jesus is the Messiah. All early Christians were also reading the same literature that would eventually become what we know today as the New Testament, Father Théroux said.
Saint Paul was somewhat heated in his letter to the Galatians. He drove home his main point that Christians are justified by faith alone. He wrote that they were liberated by faith in Jesus, and explained they were free from original sin and all of the dictates of the law.
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians: 5-1)
Father Théroux said we are Christians because of faith in Jesus, not works of the law. “Guilt and shame were removed with the death of Jesus,” Father Théroux said. “He put us right with God through faith. We do right because we love Jesus, not because we are afraid of not being loved. We are loved. When we fail at laws, we run back to Jesus.”
This week will mark the last of the 2019 reflection series at the Shrine with Father Berube’s talk on Surprising Conversions: Peter, Paul, and the Woman at the Well on Aug. 28.
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