29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C (Feast of St. Edward)

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October 16, 2016
Ex 17:8-13; 2 Tim 3:14-4:2; Lk 18:1-8

The First Reading is a great image that reminds us about the power of prayer.  Amalek is waging war against the Israelites.  And so Moses, the spiritual leader of the Israelites said that while they engaged Amalek in battle, he would go up the mountain to raise his hands up to God.  But not just his hands, but also his heart.  This is an image of prayer.  Moses is going to pray for God’s people, and we are told that as long as Moses prayed, the battle went well for Israel.  But when he let his hands rest, that is, when he started to get tired, the battle went against Israel.

A few things are going on here.  Number one, God’s people are always in the midst of a spiritual battle.  We are fighting against our enemies: the world, the flesh, and the devil.  The three sources of temptation.  The world is filled with attractions and distractions that try to lure us away from God.  The flesh is our own concupiscence, our passions that tempt us to follow what appeals to us even if we know that it is displeasing to God.  The devil, of course, is the tempter.  He is the father of lies who tries to lure us, trap us, and discourage us so that we become unfaithful to God.  And just as God’s ancient people, the Israelites, were constantly under attack, we too are constantly under attack by the world, the flesh, and the devil.

And just as Moses prayed so that the Israelites’ battle would go well, we need to pray so that our spiritual battle will go well too.  We should never underestimate the power of prayer when it comes to spiritual warfare.  We’re talking about daily prayer, of course, but especially the Rosary (this being the month of the Rosary).  And of course the most powerful prayer of all – the Mass.  Faithfulness to daily prayer, the Rosary, and the Mass will give us the strength that we need in order that we might fight our spiritual battles.

Number two, is something that I like to call spiritual fatigue.  When Moses’ arms were raised in prayer, the battle went well.  But there were times when his arms started to droop a little.  He was getting tired.  And when his arms fell, the battle started to turn against the Israelites.

Sometimes, we get spiritually fatigued.  We get tired of always fighting the battle.  There are times when we’re filled with a lot of zeal in our faith.  Prayer is easy for us.  Our vocation is easy for us.  Living the faith and fighting off temptations is easy for us.  But there are times when we just get tired of fighting.  This is what I mean by spiritual fatigue.  The zeal that we once had wears off.  Maybe we run into some rather formidable obstacles in our spiritual life.  Unfortunately, what often happens when we get spiritually tired, the first thing to go is prayer – the one thing that we especially need when we are spiritually fatigued!

So what’s the cure for spiritual fatigue?  The first thing is to simply recognize that spiritual fatigue happens.  It’s a normal thing.  We can’t be zealous all the time.  We’re going to run into challenges in our spiritual life.  Some are going to be easy to overcome.  Some are going to take a lot out of us.  We’re going to get tired.  If you’ve never felt fatigue in your spiritual life, then as they say, you’re doing it wrong.  You’re probably not engaged in your faith enough.  The spiritual life is hard.  There are a lot of temptations.  The cross is heavy.  What God asks of us is demanding.  It’s going to take something out of us.  We’re going to get tired.  That’s normal.

What we have to watch out for is sloth.  Spiritual laziness.  It happens when we let spiritual fatigue win instead of fighting through it.  The spiritual life is hard work, and when we are fatigued, all the more we need to rededicate ourselves to our prayers, our devotions, our spiritual reading despite the lack of enthusiasm.  In the Gospel, Jesus talks about persistence in prayer, praying always without becoming weary, and it is that persistence rooted in faith that God will come through that is rewarded in the end.

Second is to get enough rest.  As humans, we are both physical and spiritual beings.  Spiritual fatigue often brings on physical fatigue and vice versa.

Third is to make sure that we are not isolated in our prayer.  When Moses got tired, Aaron and Hur were there to support Moses.  Communal prayer is very important along with our individual prayer.  It’s why coming together for Mass and family prayer are important.

The feast of St. Edward is October 13.  It’s on the Tridentine calendar, but not in the modern calendar, but since he is our patron, we are able to celebrate it and transfer it to a Sunday.  He is a great model of persistence in prayer.  Edward’s family was exiled when he was young, and the culture around him was less than virtuous.  Young Edward desired to live in virtue and not get drawn into the sinfulness of the culture.  And so he persevered in holiness.  He also prayed fervently that he would be able to go back to his homeland in England, and when he did, he was named king shortly after.  As king, cared for the poor, and he built churches so that the faith would grow among the people.  St. Edward died in 1066 and was canonized in 1161.

Holiness is tough.  Like the Israelites, we must not be afraid to battle for our faith.  Like Moses, we have to pray constantly for God’s strength.  Through the intercession of St. Edward, may God give us the strength to remain faithful to Him always.

St. Edward (EF)

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October 16, 2016
Wis 31:8-11; Lk 12:35-40

Today is a day of great joy for us because we are able to celebrate the Feast Day of our Patron, St. Edward.  The feast day was actually this past Thursday, but we are able to transfer that feast to the closest Sunday since he is our patron.  And so today, we renew our prayer to St. Edward asking him to continue to watch over and protect our parish and school families.  St. Edward is certainly a great model of holiness.  Reading about him in the Lives of the Saints, we find out that he was unexpectedly raised to the throne of England at the age of forty.  Prior to that, he spent 27 years in exile after enemies had taken over his homeland.

During the time of his exile, he learned simplicity, gentleness, and humility, but above all angelic purity.  He married, but lived in perfect chastity.  He had no love at all for earthly riches.  It is said that his treasury was robbed three times, and each time, he let the thief escape saying that he needed the gold more than he did.  He loved the poor, speaking kindly to the poor beggars and lepers who crowded about him.  It is even said that he was able to heal some of their diseases.

Even though England was affected by war, Edward’s zeal and holiness brought about change in his land.  His reign of twenty-four years was one of almost unbroken peace, the country grew prosperous, the ruined churches rose under his hand, the weak lived secure, and for ages afterwards men spoke with affection of the “laws of good St. Edward.” The holy king had a great devotion to building and enriching churches, which is why our statue and our new icon depict him holding a church in his hand.  Of all the churches that were built under his watch, Westminster Abbey was his noblest work.  In fact, he is said to be buried there.  Edward died in the year 1066.

The First Reading from the Book of Wisdom reminds us that it is the just man who focuses on the things of God and not the things of the world.  That is a sign of true wisdom.  The so-called wisdom of the world tells us that success is defined by what is in our bank accounts or the size of our house or the type of car we drive.  True wisdom and true joy comes with a heart that is dedicated entirely to the Lord.  St. Edward certainly was a great model in that regard.

Today, let us thank God for giving us a wise and holy man as our patron.  And following his example, let us not wait until somewhere down the road to dedicated our lives to God.  Let us commit ourselves and our parish to Him today, so that we will truly enjoy His peace and His joy as well as His protection now and for ever more.

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

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October 9, 2016
2 Kgs 5:14-17; 2 Tim 2:8-13; Lk 17:11-19

At the end of St. John’s Gospel, we are told that if everything Christ did during His brief earthly life were written down, the whole world could not contain all the books that would be written.  This means that many – maybe even the majority – of Christ’s miracles and encounters were not recorded in the New Testament, that the Holy Spirit inspired the authors to include only certain stories in the Sacred Scriptures.  So why did St. Luke include today’s story of the ten lepers?  Clearly because of the lesson that Christ teaches us by it: the beauty of gratitude.

We all know the story: ten lepers were healed but only one comes back to thank Jesus, and he is praised for this gratitude.  But even more than that, we can almost hear the sadness in Christ’s voice at the lack of gratitude in the other nine who were also healed: “Where are the other nine?,” Jesus asks.  Why is Christ saddened by the lack of gratitude?  For us, sometimes we become personally offended if no one thanks us for what we do, but that’s not what’s going on here with Jesus.  Jesus is sad for the other nine.  He saddened by the lack of gratitude because he knows that gratitude is healthy for our souls.  Ten were given the opportunity to grateful, but only one took advantage of it.

What makes gratitude so valuable?  In the first place, gratitude begets humility, which is essential for our relationship with God.  To be ungrateful to God is not only unjust, but it also blinds us from seeing His goodness.  The truth is that everything we have is a gift from God: creation, life, talents, opportunities, hope in heaven, the grace that helps us persevere in doing what is right – these are all God’s gifts.  Without Him, we have nothing, and it’s important that we never lose sight of that.

In the second place, gratitude is the perfect antidote to sin. Sin turns us in on ourselves, which means it not only harms our relationship with God, but also our relationship with one another.  Gratitude opens us up to God and neighbor.  Gratitude directly contradicts self-centeredness, self-indulgence, and self-absorption which are attitudes that are everywhere in our culture.  Gratitude unites people and softens hearts.  It counteracts depression, anxiety, doubt, and worry.  It keeps us going when maybe we’d rather shut things down.  It allows us to be joyful even in the midst of great suffering.

Gratitude is like a river that feeds a huge reservoir of water.  If we dam up that river, the reservoir will continue to be useful for a while.  But little by little it will dry up.  That’s what happens to our souls if we neglect the virtue of gratitude.  They dry up, because they aren’t being fed by the knowledge that we are loved.  And that’s what gratitude does for us.  It reminds us that God loves us, thinks about us, cares about us, is interested in us.

Everyone wants to know that they are loved.  Even the toughest guy in the world deep down wants to know that he is loved.  Gratitude reminds us that we are – by God.  But when we forget to be grateful, we start turning in on ourselves and our own desires.  Maybe I fall into a little bit of self-pity.  But we won’t find satisfaction in this.  Just as no reservoir can keep itself full – it needs to be fed by a source outside itself – we need to find strength outside ourselves as well.  Gratitude is the key to finding that strength.

That’s why when we pray, part of our time should be spent thanking God for the blessings that we have received.  Remembering that God has come through for us in the past will give us confidence that He will come through for us again in the future.

But it’s the Mass in particular that teaches us how to be grateful. Gratitude is really at the very center of our celebration of the Eucharist.  Have you ever listened to the preface – the prayer at the start of the Eucharistic Prayer in the middle of the Mass?  It talks about the importance of giving thanks: It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks.

Not only is it right and just that we give thanks to God; it is our duty.  Always and everywhere, not just when good things happen to us.  Fr. Solanus Casey said to “thanks God ahead of time”.  Don’t wait for good things to happen to thank Him.

As Catholics, we don’t just to stay home and say some prayers, or to go to the beach and think of God there.  Those are good things to do. But what happens here, in this community and on that altar, goes much, much deeper.  At every Mass, we are made present at the best thing that God has ever done for us – the Crucifixion.  God gave up His only Son to death that we might have life.  At the Mass, in the Eucharist, we are made present at that saving event.  And when we come to Mass, we show our gratitude to what God has done for us.  In fact, the word “Eucharist” means “thanksgiving”.

The Mass is an opportunity given to us by God to come into His presence so that as individuals and as a community, we could offer Him a perfect thanksgiving, an infinite act of gratitude through the Eucharist.  That’s what we have come together to do today. And we can only do it here, at Mass.

So if we find ourselves becoming habitually bitter, angry, frustrated, stressed, or depressed, if we find that we are succumbing to doubt or despair, it’s probably because our reservoir is getting low.  We need to be filled.  That’s when we need to look back to God and His love, and open the floodgates of gratitude.  Today, and every Sunday, let’s strive to imitate the gratitude that we hear of in today’s Gospel.  Let’s remember to give thanks to God for all that He has given us, and even to thank God in advance for the things that He will do.

The Most Holy Rosary (EF)

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October 9, 2016
Prov 8:22-24, 32-35; Lk 1:26-38

Today in the Extraordinary Form, we are able to celebrate the External Solemnity of Our Lady of the Rosary.  This feast of Our Lady of the Rosary was instituted to honor Mary for the Christian victory over the Turks in the Battle at Lepanto 1571.  Pope St. Pius V and all Christians had prayed the Rosary for victory, and through Mary’s intercession their prayers were answered.  As such, the Rosary has long been an important prayer and devotion in the Church.  The last few popes in particular, including Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict have urged the faithful to pray the Rosary.

Why the Rosary?  First off, the Rosary is a way of contemplating the life of Christ seeing him with the eyes of Mary.  Even though, the Rosary is considered to be a Marian devotion, it is a meditation on the life of Christ.  The mysteries which form the heart of the Rosary allow us to meditate on the events of Christ’s life and to be transformed by them.  This is why we say that the Rosary is a contemplative prayer which only becomes mechanical if we are not thinking about the life of Christ.

The Rosary and its rhythm and repetition of prayers help us to tune out the world by focusing our minds on Christ: “The recitation of the Rosary calls for a quiet rhythm and a lingering pace, helping the individual to meditate on the mysteries of the Lord’s life as seen through the eyes of her who was closest to the Lord.”[1]

But the Rosary is also a prayer of peace.  This we know from the promises of Fatima and Lourdes.  Our Lady called us to pray the Rosary for peace in the world which is why it is such a powerful weapon for us to use everyday.  Finally, the Rosary is a prayer for the family.  John Paul II encouraged the return to the practice of praying the Rosary in the family.  Family life must be nurtured through prayer in the family, especially the praying of the Rosary.  And what better way to pray as a family, as a domestic Church, than to pray meditating on the face of Christ through the heart of Mary.  This prayer must be handed on to our children, so that it will be theirs when they need it most.

As it was at the Battle of Lepanto, the Rosary is a prayer for victory against the enemies of the Church.  In this day and age where the Church has so many enemies, the Rosary is an increasingly important prayer not only for us as individuals and as a Church.  May those who devoutly meditate on the divine mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary always and everywhere in this life be shielded from all enemies, visible and invisible, and at their death be presented to God by the most Blessed Virgin Mary herself.

[1] John Paul II, Rosarium Virginis Mariae, n. 12

St. Edward News

Father Acervo’s Corner: October 16, 2016

1. This Thursday is our annual Tastefest. This annual fundraising event for our school is always a fun time with great food, auctions, and raffles. Also, when you test drive a vehicle, a donation will be given by Blue Water Chrysler to our school.  It’s also a great community event.  I hope you can make it!

2. It’s been a while since I mentioned it, but we have a Parish Mission coming soon. Fr. Louis Guardiola from the Fathers of Mercy will be here to lead us in reflections on the Eucharist and its place in our lives, Eucharistic Adoration, and the promises of Fatima (timely, as 2017 will be the 100th anniversary of the Fatima Apparitions). The Parish Mission will be November 5-9.  Exact times and schedule are forthcoming, but please make note of the Mission on your calendars.  I’m hoping for a big turnout because these topics are important for us especially as the Church continues to head into some challenging times given the direction of our culture.

3. I’ve written here recently about focusing on our parish’s vision, purpose, and values. One of the things that we want to do as a parish is to build our community emphasizing that our parish (including our school) is a family gathered together by God who is Our Father. There’s a reason why we come together to worship, why it’s not enough for us to stay home and say our prayers.  Yes, it’s good for us to pray at home, but there’s also a great power that comes from gathering together as a community.  Jesus says, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matt 18:20).  It also reminds us that none of us gets to Heaven by themselves.  Of course, we need God’s grace to get there (without His grace, salvation is impossible).  But we also need to encourage one another.  We need to pray for one another and walk with one another, and pick up those who have fallen along the way or find the journey to be difficult.

As a family, our common goal is to become saints.  But our family includes not only the people who show up for Mass every weekend.  Our parish family includes those parishioners of ours who are serving at home or abroad in the military.  Our parish family includes parishioners who are away at college.  Our parish family includes those who have had to leave the area to find work.  It’s important for us that if we truly value community, we should want to make sure that those of us who are away still feel that they are part of this community, this family.

To that end, we are asking everyone to help us to know who we need to reach out to.  As mentioned in the announcements, there is a mailbox near the statue of St. Edward in the main vestibule (although this week, the statue is in the sanctuary since we are acknowledging his feast day).  If you know of someone who is part of our St. Edward family who is away in the military, in college, or for some other reason, please fill out the form near the mailbox with their name and contact information and put it in the mailbox.  We will make sure that your loved one is reached out to.  We are thinking of this coming holiday season as a time to connect with them.

4. As we continue our celebration of Respect Life Month, we continue our prayers for an end to abortion, euthanasia, and all attacks against human life. In addition to praying, it’s good for us to take an active role in our witness to the sanctity of human life. On Sunday, October 30 at 3:00 P.M., a group of us are going to participate in the 40 Days for Life Campaign.  The 40 Days for Life is a pro-life campaign that takes place throughout the year in every state where they faithful are encouraged and invited to pray, fast, and publicly stand for life.  The current campaign runs from September 28 through November 6.  For our part, on October 30, we will be going to Sterling Heights to pray in front of an abortion clinic from 3:00-4:00 P.M.  If you would like to join us, we will be meeting in front of the church at 1:30 P.M. to carpool to Sterling Heights.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Acervo

Feast of St. Edward

Father Acervo’s Corner: October 9, 2016

Happy Feast of St. Edward!  This Thursday the 13th, we celebrate the feast of our patron saint and pray that he continues to watch over our parish and school, and even though he is not on the modern liturgical calendar, we can still celebrate him because he is our patron.  A patron saint is someone who is a special intercessor with God for a particular person or community.  Our parish’s patron saint is St. Edward.

St. Edward is known as a “Confessor”.  A confessor is someone who suffered for the sake of Christ.  Such a person “confesses” his or her faith under trial and persecution.  St. Edward the Confessor was born in England around the year 1003, the son of King Ethelred.  As a youth, his family was exiled to Normandy.  Lamenting the sinfulness and impurity of the culture in which he lived, he sought to preserve his innocence knowing that this was pleasing to the Lord.  He also vowed to make a pilgrimage to St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome if he would be allowed to return safely to England.  When he did finally return, he was made King of England in 1042.  Once there, he wished not to leave his people, and so the pope released him from his vow on the condition that he would found a church and dedicate it to St. Peter.  Edward would eventually build this church at Westminster.  As king, Edward had a great love for his people.  He was known to be very gentle, humble, and generous.  He also sought to renew the practice of Christian ideals in his kingdom.   He had churches built and gave freely to the poor.

One of the stories associated with St. Edward happened toward the end of his life.  St. Edward had a great devotion to St. John the Evangelist.  He was riding by a church in Essex when an old man stopped him and asked for alms.  Edward had no money to give, so he removed a large ring from his finger and gave it to the beggar. A few years later, two pilgrims were traveling in the Holy Land and became stranded. They were helped by an old man, and when he found out that they came from England he told them he was St. John the Evangelist and asked them to return the ring to Edward telling him that in six months he would join him in heaven.  Upon hearing this, King Edward asked his people to help him prepare spiritually for his death.  He would later die on January 5, 1066 only a few days after the Westminster church was consecrated.

St. Edward was canonized by Pope Alexander III in 1161.  In 1163, St. Edward’s body was transferred from the high altar in Westminster to a shrine that was prepared for him.  Later on, King Henry III (1207-1272), who had a great admiration for St. Edward, had the Westminster church rebuilt.  The project was completed in 1269, and St. Edward was laid to rest there.  Many people made pilgrimages to the Abbey at Westminster to pray to St. Edward.  For a time, he was regarded as the patron saint of England.

Unfortunately in 1540, Henry VIII (in addition to rebelling from the Catholic Church), emptied out Westminster and moved St. Edward’s body to an obscure location.  In 1557, Queen Mary I (who was Catholic) restored much of what was lost, including moving St. Edward’s body to a more prominent place.  Today, Westminster Abbey still considers St. Edward its founder and special services are held there every October 13th.

St. Edward teaches us wonderful lessons of Christian living.  Certainly his humility and generosity are models for us to imitate.  As a youth, he saw holiness as something to preserve, and so he teaches us that young people can hold purity even in the midst of an impure culture as something to strive for.  As the leader of a nation, he saw the connection between faithfulness to God and prosperity for his people.  Perhaps he could intercede for our government leaders that they might see the need for God and seek not to exclude Him.  Not only is St. Edward a good model for us, but also for our culture.  Blessed will we be if we imitate the holiness of St. Edward.  May he intercede for us, our parish, and our school.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Acervo

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

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October 2, 2016
Hab 1:2-3; 2:2-4; 2 Tim 1:6-8, 13-14; Lk 17:5-10

In today’s First Reading, we hear a voice crying out to God, asking Him questions that some of us can relate to: “How long, O LORD? I cry for help but you do not listen!… Why do you let me see ruin; why must I look at misery?”  We see and experience suffering in our own lives, and sometimes we get to a point where we are wondering how much longer must it go on.

But Habakkuk, the prophet and author of the First Reading, devotes his entire book on the question of the justice of God’s government of the world.  He sees all of the injustices in the world and complains to God about them, and then God promises to him that everything will be taken care of, “just stay faithful”.  This back and forth between Habakkuk and God happens a couple of times in this book.

I think we can all relate to this.  First in our own personal lives.  I’m sure I’m not the only one here who has complained to God about things going on in their lives.  Why God?  When God?  And my personal favorite: Seriously, God?  Sometimes coupled with, “You’ve gotta be kidding me!”  And then that voice within us that says, “It’s going to be OK.  Trust me.”  And that helps.  That same dialogue between Habakkuk and God is something that looks very familiar to many of us, because we’ve been there before.  We’ve struggled with the same questions of why and when.

But Habakkuk’s dialogue with God has to do with injustices that he sees throughout his world (not so much in his own life), and that too is something that we can relate to.  Many of us are sharers in that same frustration, not only with things going on in our own lives, but also with the sufferings and injustices that we see and experience in the world around us.  And we ask the same questions: “How long, O LORD?”  When are things going to get better?  Those injustices have to do with violence and terrorism, poverty and illness, persecution of Christians, and a whole bunch of other things that are going on in the world.

But on this Respect Life Sunday, we as a Church turn our attentions to the frustrations that are caused by continued acceptance of abortion and all other attacks against human life in our country.  Since Roe v. Wade in 1973, we have been vocal in our protests against the sin of abortion.  And yet here we are forty-three years later, and the unjust laws legalizing abortion are still in place.  True, things are getting better in the sense that more and more people are personally opposed to abortion, yet that hasn’t translated into the action of getting the law legalizing abortion overturned.  And that’s where a lot of our frustrations lie.  We wonder when it will finally happen because it doesn’t seem that those in authority are able or willing to make it happen.

One of the things that frustrated me about the last debate is how the life issues were ignored. And that’s not to say that other issues that were brought up are not important, but the right to life is the first and most fundamental principle of human rights.  Without the right to life, there aren’t any other rights.  I’ve always found it interesting that the Declaration of Independence mentions three rights that are inherently ours because they have been given to us not by government but by God, and those are “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness”, and they are written in that order.  Which makes sense because in order to be able to pursue happiness, one must have the liberty to do so.  But without life, there are no liberties.

And so it can be frustrating when things aren’t changing at the pace we would like them to change.  Again, we can ask those questions: why and when?  But I think it’s important that in our fight to end abortion, we not give into frustration, but instead have faith that God will come through for us (as He has at all times).  It’s why the words of the Gospel are great for us: “Increase our faith” because as Jesus says, even just a little bit of faith can allow great things to happen.  So increase our faith, Lord.  Help us to trust in you that you will make all things right as you have promised.  Increase our faith so that we can continue the fight, continue our prayers and sacrifices, and so we can be joyful even when things around us seem to fall apart.

But it’s not about having faith and sitting back waiting for God to do His thing.  Our faith has to move to action.  One of the dangers of frustration is that we can reach a point where we’re saying, “It’s hopeless”.  But St. Paul reminds us that God equips us to do His work in the world, that we can’t let fear or frustration or obstacles get the best of us.  He says, “God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control.  So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord… bear your share of hardship…with the strength that comes from God”.

So what do we do?  We keep fighting.  We keep praying and offering our sacrifices.  We continue to encourage one another and pray for one another.  And we keep going because this is what God has sent us out to do: to respect life at every stage from conception to natural death.  Lord increase our faith that we may always trust in you.

"I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me" (Galatians 2:20).