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St. Raphael Parish.
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The parish office is open Monday-Thursday from 10:00am-4:00pm and by appointment. Please call 228-9800 or 228-2962.
Breaking Open the Word
[Galatians 5:1, 13-18]
You were called to Freedom
13th Sunday, Ordinary Time, 2016
Paul’s main message in this passage is: ‘in love serve each other and live by the Spirit’.
Paul begins his argument saying Christians are called to freedom [we can extend this as the calling of all human beings]. Freedom is a divine gift as explained in Genesis 1:26, ‘man and woman are created in the image and likeness of God, an expression for human reason and freedom. Jesus taught: ‘you will know the truth and the truth will set you free’ [John 8:32].