Does Paul’s adjective for the Galatian church apply today? | National Catholic Reporter

Lately the term stupid has been used quite frequently. On the left, Chris Matthews of MSNBC called himself “not just stupid, but wrong” for making remarks about Hurricane Sandy’s potential impact on politics. On the right, after the election, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana said that Republicans should “stop being the stupid party.” Beyond politics and after Sandy, Bloomberg Businessweek had a cover feature that pictured a flooded city street in virtual darkness with the words: “It’s Global Warming, Stupid.”

Stupid has a religious meaning too. This insight came to me on the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, Oct. 11. I live in a Capuchin Franciscan community, where we share faith around each day’s Scriptures. The readings for Oct. 11 came from Galatians 3:1-5 and Luke 11:5-13. Both involve the Spirit’s power in the community of believers. In this context, to undermine the power of the Spirit by an overstress on the law, Paul said, would be “stupid.”

Does Paul’s adjective for the Galatian church apply today? | National Catholic Reporter.

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