09 Oct Under a Spell (Gal 3:1) by Dr. Rich Reich
“O stupid Galatians! Who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified?” ~ Gal 3:1 (full readings)
Rich’s Reflections: In today’s reading, St. Paul appears to be a little harsh to the Galatians, but in reality, St. Paul is grieved and hurt by their unfaithfulness. He cannot understand how the Galatians who have seen the image of Christ crucified, could possibly forsake Him. They must be “bewitched” or under a spell. To forsake Christ after such a vision is only possible through some strange malign influence. St. Paul did not maintain that the Galatians had misused their minds, but rather lost their minds; they had been brainwashed. This seems to be the case today with the “pro-choice” movement whose arguments justifying abortion are so illogical and unscientific that only a generation of mindless people could take them seriously. How can we lose our minds? How can we be brainwashed? We lose our minds by indulging our selfish, carnal desires (1 Pt 2:11). If we do not crucify our “flesh with its passions and desires” (Gal 5:24), our carnal desires will crucify our minds. We will no longer think Biblically, morally, and logically. Because the devil wants to brainwash us, we either are taking on the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16) or becoming mindless. Therefore, “do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind” (Rm 12:2).
* Dr. Rich Reich is the co-founder of the National LIFE Runners Team. He is married to Erica and lives in Colorado Springs, CO. Full bio.
Faith Challenge: Break the spell of your friends and family who may be brainwashed by the illogical arguments justifying abortion. Speak the Truth to them with stern love as did St. Paul to the Galatians.
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