Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/100516.cfm
Brothers and sisters: After fourteen years I again went up to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along also. I went up in accord with a revelation, and I presented to them the Gospel that I preach to the Gentiles– but privately to those of repute– so that I might not be running, or have run, in vain. On the contrary, when they saw that I had been entrusted with the Gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter to the circumcised, for the one who worked in Peter for an apostolate to the circumcised worked also in me for the Gentiles, and when they recognized the grace bestowed upon me, James and Cephas and John, who were reputed to be pillars, gave me and Barnabas their right hands in partnership, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. Only, we were to be mindful of the poor, which is the very thing I was eager to do.
And when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face because he clearly was wrong. For, until some people came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he began to draw back and separated himself,because he was afraid of the circumcised. And the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him, with the result that even Barnabas was carried away by their hypocrisy. But when I saw that they were not on the right road in line with the truth of the Gospel, I said to Cephas in front of all, “If you, though a Jew, are living like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?”
Paul called the Pope out on his hypocrisy. We must listen to and obey the Pope but when he is wrong, the Church can point out his errors and work to fix them. Jesus ate with the sinners and the Jews and He was not afraid of anyone’s opinion. We cannot let the world tell us what we must do, we must follow Jesus’ teachings on what is right or wrong. Who do you follow? Jesus or the world? Choose wisely.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always do what is right in your word, not what the world says I should do. Help me to follow you and your teachings and to have the courage to point out errors to others. Show me your way Oh Lord, in Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News.