Today’s First Reading at Mass is one of my favorites. No soft-pedaling, here; St. Paul comes out and says it clearly:
O stupid Galatians!
Who has bewitched you,
before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified?
I want to learn only this from you:
did you receive the Spirit from works of the law,
or from faith in what you heard?
Are you so stupid?
Pretty clear, huh?
Why so strong, though? St. Paul just doesn’t mean ‘stupid’ as simple minded, or mistaken; he is trying to wake them up that their salvation is a jeopardy by what they are doing. Hence, nothing is more important! The Galatians are adding unnecessary things from the Mosaic Law code, and he is trying to get them to keep the practice of the faith pure, as he taught it to them.
What are the trappings of this world that get in the way of our practice of the faith?