Second Reading, Galatians 5.1,13-25
Posted: 02 Nov 2006 @ 00:00
1For freedom Christ has set us free.
Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
For you were called to freedom, brothers and
sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence,
but through love become slaves to one another. 14
whole law is summed up in a single commandment, ‘You shall love your neighbour
as yourself.’ 15
If, however, you bite and devour one another,
take care that you are not consumed by one another.
Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify
the desires of the flesh. 17
For what the flesh desires is
opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for
these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want.
But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the
Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication,
impurity, licentiousness, 20
idolatry, sorcery, enmities,
strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, 21
envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I
warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love,
joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23
gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. 24
And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its
passions and desires. 25
If we live by the Spirit, let us also
be guided by the Spirit.