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Monday of the 28th Week in Ordinary Time (II) - St. Teresa of Avila

Galatians 4:22-24, 26-27, 31-5:1; Luke 11:29-32

Our readings for today challenge us to look at the legitimacy of who we are and what is expected of us because of that.  We are people of “the promise.”   While Abraham has two “sets” of descendants, it is only those deceased from Isaac who have the legitimacy to be free as a result of the covenant with God and Abraham.  The miracle of Isaac’s birth to a barren mother was a sign of the covenant – a promise made good.   Paul is emphasizing that similarly, following Christ also sets us free. The other part of that original “deal” was to live according to God’s rules – we haven’t been so good about that. . .     We want to have the benefits of the legitimate son (Isaac) and the promise but want to live by our own rules.  So now Paul is telling us, we have the opportunity to be “free” again because of the promise of this Son. But . . . we must “stand firm.”

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