A Word of Wisdom Used in Two Senses (Wed. Oct. 6)

The word of the day is “bear.”  Words must be understood in context.  A single word can have different meanings depending on the situation in which it is used.  Today in our reading of Galatians 6:2-10, St. Paul seems to contract himself.  He writes, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (OSB vs. 2).  But then he writes, “For each will have to bear his own load” (OSB vs. 5). We learn from our study that these verses are not opposed to each other.  They refer to different points that Paul is making. Bear One Another’s Burdens The first statement is that we should “bear each other’s burdens” (OSB vs. 2).  The word, “burdens” here refers…