We are being required to bear fruit that springs from our loving relationship with the Lord our God.
“Almighty God, you have taught us through your Son that love is the fulfilling of the law: grant that we may love you with our whole heart and our neighbour as ourselves; through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
The Word of God is sharp and active. It comes in many ways but especially through the Scriptures. Both Augustine and John Wesley were transformed by the Word, as have been countless Christians through the ages. We too can be transformed by the renewal of our minds as we let God’s Word speak to us. It can find us out; it has a way of speaking to us, encouraging us, challenging us, correcting us, fortifying us … if we were to but look at them.
Jesus said to Peter, “Get behind me Satan!” because Peter, upon whom the Church would be built in the future still had a wrong idea of the Kingdom; he was still thinking as man not as God would think. Peter needed to get it right to make a great difference.
Readings: Romans 11: 1-2a, 29-32; & Matthew 15: 10-20, 21-28
“Not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel”
The true Israel are not the fresh and blood descendants of Abraham but descendants of the faith of Abraham, the followers of the Chosen One, Jesus; a new people who arise from every tribe and nation.
Christians were to be the new chosen ones. Not because they were better or superior in any way, but because God wanted to raise up a people to be an example to a lost world of how to live a life in accordance with God’s law and will.