Tuesday 11 October 2022
St John XXIII
Galatians 5:1-6. Let your loving kindness come to me, O Lord – Psalm 118(119):41, 43-45, 47-48. Luke 11:37-41.
It is faith, not the Law, that justifies us
Pope John XXIII truly lived the words of St Paul to the Galatians (First Reading) about faith being more important than the law. St Paul warned that strict adherence to the law was to submit to slavery and to separate oneself from Christ.
When he opened the Second Vatican Council, Pope John XXIII said it was time to ‘open the windows and let in the fresh air’. The Council was not beholden to what went before. It produced a comprehensively revised liturgy, a stronger emphasis on ecumenism and a new approach to the world. The Council affirmed ‘the Church is the People of God’. The Council was, just as St Paul advised us to do, promoting a faith that made its power felt through love.