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We are saved by Jesus, not by Mosaic Law.



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Today's Reading
Acts 15:7-21

In the presence of the leaders in Jerusalem Peter reiterates what he had said after Cornelius’s reception: God makes no distinction between Jews and Gentiles. All are saved by the Lord Jesus.

Then James takes the floor. It is clear from what Peter experienced that God wants Gentiles in His people as well as Jews. Consequently Gentile converts should be expected to observe and/or avoid only those practices that would make socializing with Jews impossible. Community sensitivities did need be respected. Obviously circumcision would no longer be required. 

The community of Jesus has now been identified with the Christian Church we know today. We are saved by Jesus, not by Mosaic Law. The proclamation of this discernment underlies everything that would happen from now on.

Meet Archbishop Pilarczyk
Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk Archbishop Emeritus Daniel E. Pilarczyk, the eighth ordinary of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Ohio, is a nationally prominent churchman, educator and author. A native of Dayton, Ohio, he was ordained a priest on December 20, 1959, after studies in Rome. He was ordained bishop in 1974, and installed as Archbishop of Cincinnati in 1982, where he served until his retirement in 2009. In addition to a doctorate in sacred theology from Pontifical Urban University, he holds an M.A. in classics from Xavier University of Cincinnati, and a Ph.D. in classics from the University of Cincinnati. He has written more than a dozen popular books and many pamphlets and articles. His best-selling book is Twelve Tough Issues – And More. His most recent books are When God Speaks and Live Letters. Archbishop Pilarczyk’s service to the American church includes terms as vice president (1986-1989) and president (1989-1992) of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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