Faith, works, and works of the law

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11th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: June 13, 2010
2 Sam 12:7-10, 13; Ps 32:1-2, 5, 7, 11; Gal 2:16, 19-21; Luke 7:36-50

We hear St. Paul say, in the second reading: “that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.”

We have several Sundays here when we are hearing from St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians. And I would expect that many, maybe all, of you here today, if you have ever been in conversation with a particular kind of energetic Protestant, have probably heard some reference to this passage of St. Paul in his letter to the Galatians, or perhaps in his letter to the Romans. And they’ve said to you: “We believe we are saved by faith. Don’t you Catholics believe that you are saved by works? This salvation by works is horrible. How can you believe that? It goes against the Scripture!” And I wonder what you thought or said. (more…)

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