Today’s thought “Anguish of childbirth until …” (April 3)

Today’s thought

“Anguish of childbirth until …”

(April 3)

Paul in writing to the Galatians asks,

“Who has bewitched you” (3:1)

because many had been persuaded to follow the observances of the Mosaic law. We read about this yesterday and the seriousness of this is emphasised today as we read more about this problem. But is this issue relevant to us today?

The upcoming celebration of Easter provoked my thoughts on this for we read of Paul’s complaint to them,

“You observe days and months and seasons and years! I am afraid I may have laboured over you in vain” (4:10,11).

What was wrong in observing days? For the Galatians, quite apart from the fact it was no longer commanded, it did not bring a sense of humility, instead it often created pride,

‘Look how holy I am because of what I do!’

 

“The Law”,

with all its rules, Paul writes,

“was our guardian until Christ came … but now faith has come we are no longer under a guardian … as many of you as were baptised into Christ, have put on Christ” (3:24,27).

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Eucharistic prayer: doxology and great amen. Île-de-France students’ mass in Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris celebrated by Mgr André Vingt-Trois.

The Law had been fulfilled; all the sacrifices have come to their completion and fulfilment by the sacrifice of Christ. No more observing of feasts, Easter was never instituted by the followers of Christ. There is only one way to commemorate the death of Christ, that is to break bread and drink wine. The Catholic Church calls this the eucharist, but there is no specific day commanded in relation to doing this! To begin with they did it every day (Acts 2:42-46)! Paul wrote most urgently that this had to be done with the right attitude (read 1 Corinthians 11:17 onwards).

What mattered above all was the birth of the spirit of Christ in their hearts! Note his impassioned plea –

“my little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ be formed in you” (4:19).

They had been born anew into Christ at their baptism, but many had been “bewitched” by false teaching, now they needed a rebirth back to that which was true – and Paul was in anguish for that to happen – and that is the urgency of his letter!

We must all check that Christ remains formed in us, that we are becoming more and more like Christ, that our “childbirth” into his name was not in vain.

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Sanok, Diacons preparing to light the Christ candle prior to Easter Vigil mass – Easter Fire, Sanok

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Preceding articles

Blindness in the Christian world

Lost senses or a clear focus on the one at the stakeToday’s thought “Clothing yourselves with the right attitude” (May 16)

Wednesday 5 April – Sunday 9 April 30 CE Pesach or Passover versus Easter

Easter holiday, fun and rejoicing

Christian values, traditions, real or false stories, pure and upright belief

 

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Additional reading

  1. Altered to fit a Trinity
  2. Paul’s warning about false stories and his call to quit touching the unclean thing
  3. To will being present in us but to do it not always evident
  4. Pesach and a lot of brokenness in the world
  5. For ever changed by spiritual experience
  6. Welcome to Easter 2014
  7. Easter: Origins in a pagan Christ
  8. Celebrations pointing to events of ultimate meaning
  9. 1691 years ago on June the 20th in 325
  10. The Evolution Of Passover–Past To Present
  11. Who Celebrates Easter as Religious Holiday
  12. Eostre, Easter, White god, chocolate eggs, Easter bunnies and metaphorical resurrection
  13. Peter Cottontail and a Bunny laying Eastereggs
  14. 14-15 Nisan and Easter
  15. Most important day in Christian year
  16. 14 Nisan a day to remember #4 A Lamb slain
  17. Seven days of Passover
  18. High Holidays not only for Israel
  19. Different approach in organisation of services #1

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