Jeremiah 31:7-9; Psalm 126:1-6; Hebrews 5:1-6; Mark 10:46-52
From time to time, as Christians, we are compelled to face a fundamental question: What is the Christian Faith all about?
How are we to receive this gift of Grace we call “Faith?” The ancient Hebrews believed that the way to receive the Grace of God was to work, do good deeds, and obey the Law. We say they were legalistic in their approach to God, meaning if you work at being a good person, then God will love you and reward you with His gift of Grace — either here or hereafter.
No person in history tried harder to work at this “faith” question than St. Paul — who you could call a “Pharisee’s Pharisee.” But it didn’t work for him. He almost broke down, physically and emotionally. On the Road to Damascus, he had a vision of the Risen Christ, and he began to understand that he had been going about his faith in the wrong way. His conversion from the…