1 Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me.2 I went up by revelation; and I laid before them (but privately before those who were of repute) the gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, lest somehow I should be running or had run in vain.7 but on the contrary, when they saw that I had been entrusted with the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been entrusted with the gospel to the circumcised 8 (for he who worked through Peter for the mission to the circumcised worked through me also for the Gentiles),
9 and when they perceived the grace that was given to me, James and Cephas and John, who were reputed to be pillars, gave to me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised;
10 only they would have us remember the poor, which very thing I was eager to do.
11 But when Cephas came to Antioch I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned.12 For before certain men came from James, he ate with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party.
13 And with him the rest of the Jews acted insincerely, so that even Barnabas was carried away by their insincerity.
14 But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?”
1 He was praying in a certain place, and when he ceased, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.”2 And he said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come.3 Give us each day our daily bread;4 and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive every one who is indebted to us; and lead us not into temptation.”
St PAUL found it nessesary to give an extensive account to demonstrate how he became an apostle of Christ and that James, Cephas and John commissioned him and Barnabas to bring the gospel to the gentiles, especially the poor, whilst Cephas the leader of the Church, evangelized the circumcised Hebrew people.
Paul point out that he had to reprimand Cephas who did eat food at the table of the gentiles, but when the Jews were present, he removed himself from the gentiles table, fearing the Jews would denounce him for sharing a meal with heathens! Paul makes the point that the gentiles must live like the Jews, implying that the New Covenant Jewish customs as taught by Christ is the blueprint that defined the Christian way of life and mode of worship,however the OT observance of eating only kosher food, was rescinded.
THE GOSPEL READING: In response to a request that Christ teach the apostles how to pray, our Lord taught a prayer that call us to:- reverence the name of God when we addres Him; look forward in anticipation of His second coming; partake of the daily Eucharist, to be fed with His flesh in the form of consecrated bread which heals and remit our venial sins; to forgive anyone who has injured or harmed us and finally to help us resist the temptations of the devil who is ever ready to cause our fall from grace.
Before we were baptised we were gentiles or heathens, however upon our baptism we were called to live the New Covenant way like the first century Jews, taking on all the teachings, codes, rituals; both big “T” and small “t” traditions that were handed down to us by the Apostolic leaders of the Church, who were send to teach us so we may be saved upon Christs second coming.
LET US PRAY:Psalms 117:1-2 1 Praise the LORD, all nations! Extol him, all peoples!2 For great is his steadfast love toward us; and the faithfulness of the LORD endures for ever. Praise the LORD!
Commentary. Henry R SYLVESTER
Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days.
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