The Freedom We Have In Christ

This meditation is based on a passage for June 1, 2010 in the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Galatians 1:18-2:10

Reflection and Question: At the beginning of his letter to the Galatians, Paul establishes his authority as he prepares to argue against the teachers who insist on following Jewish law. In Paul’s description of his visit with the early Christian leaders in Jerusalem, they fully accepted the Gentiles, only asking Paul to “remember the poor.” The whole of Scripture reflects these same priorities. Circumcised or uncircumcised, Jew or Gentile, gay or straight are far less important than the plight of the poor. God shows no partiality, except for the poor, and expects the same compassion from us. How do you exercise your freedom in Christ?

Prayer: Holy Spirit, Love Divine, since Paul, Your children in the church have contended with one another over how to follow You faithfully. In the midst of all that, may we, like Paul, be eager to remember the poor as You desire us to. Amen.