Daily Office Readings for Wednesday Proper 5: Year 2
“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything; the only thing that counts is faith working through love.” (Galatians 5:6)
We have already seen in Chapter 3 of Galatians that “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” Paul continues now challenging their sacred religious traditions of circumcision. Faith working through love means everything. What we do to our bodies has little to do with our heavenly value. We can get our bodies tattooed, pierced, tucked and “Botoxed” and while it may impress certain human interests, it has no value in the next life. And I also feel such practices don’t devalue our bodies either.
What counts in the next life, and what will get us to the next life, is belief in God and love for our fellow human beings. Our little body art practices here mean nothing. When we live by a code of faith in the love of God and truly believe that God is overseeing what we are doing, and that God is good, all the time, we will live a life of love for all people. And the truth is, we will love them even if they ink themselves, pierce themselves, tuck themselves and/or “Botox” themselves. In God’s love we will overlook their (and our) little makeovers and love them for who God made them to be with God’s indelible Word stamped forever on their hearts; even if they are unawares.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John