The below is the first reading in today’s Office of Readings given to us by the Church through The Divine Office or Liturgy of Hours or Christian Prayer or Breviary as we call it and is attributed to St. Benedict from the 6th century but at least parts of this daily ongoing prayer were practiced long before St. Benedict!
This letter from the Apostle St. Paul to the Galatians is written directly from his own hand as he mentions it below!
From the letter to the Galatians
Admonitions concerning charity and perseverance
Since we live by the spirit, let us follow the spirit’s lead. Let us never be boastful, or challenging, or jealous toward one another.
My brothers, if someone is detected in sin, you who live by the spirit should gently set him right, each of you trying to avoid falling into temptation himself. Help carry one another’s burdens; in that way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks he amounts to something, when in fact he is nothing, he is only deceiving himself. Each man should look to his conduct; if he has reason to boast of anything, it will be because the achievement is his and not another’s. Everyone should bear his own responsibility.
The man instructed in the word should share all he has with his instructor.
Make no mistake about it, no one makes a fool of God! A man will reap only what he sows. If he sows in the field of the flesh, he will reap a harvest of corruption; but if his seed-ground is the spirit, he will reap everlasting life.
Let us not grow weary of doing good; if we do not relax our efforts, in due time we shall reap our harvest. While we have the opportunity, let us do good to all men—but especially those of the household of the faith.
See, I write to you in my own large handwriting!
Those who are trying to force you to be circumcised are making a play for human approval—with an eye to escaping persecution for the cross of Christ. The very ones who accept circumcision do not follow the law themselves. They want you to be circumcised only that they may boast about your bodily observance.
May I never boast of anything but the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ! Through it, the world has been crucified to me and I to the world. It means nothing whether one is circumcised or not. All that matters is that one is created anew. Peace and mercy on all who follow this rule of life, and on the Israel of God.
Henceforth, let no man trouble me, for I bear the brand marks of Jesus in my body.
Brothers, may the favor of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
RESPONSORY Galatians 6:8; John 6:63
A man can only reap what he has sown. If you sow in the field of selfishness, it will bring you a harvest of death and decay;
— if you sow in the field of the Spirit, you will reap a harvest of life everlasting.
It is the Spirit that gives life; the flesh is of no avail.
— If you sow in the field of the Spirit, you will reap a harvest of life everlasting.