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Galatians 6:11
Saturday, December 22 2012

The Writings of St. Paul...

As we come near the end of the letter to the Galatians, St. Paul adds a personal touch:

See with what large letters I am writing to you in my own hand! –Galatians 6:11, NAB

Most of the letter to the Galatians was probably dictated to a secretary, but St. Paul decides to write this last portion himself.  He truly wanted to make an impact with this letter, so he decided to emphasize its closing by writing it with his own hand.

Why did he write in large letters?  We don't know for sure.  Based on Galatians 4:15, it seems that St. Paul may have had eyesight problems.  His writing, then, would have been larger than someone with better eyesight.

Poor eyesight or not, he may have used larger letters to add emphasis to the coming verses.  By writing it himself, and deliberately pointing it out, he was drawing attention to what he was about to say, and the larger handwriting only added to that.  Therefore, we should pay close attention to the next few verses ourselves because they sum up the purpose of the letter.

Some may question who wrote the various letters and epistles in the New Testament.  If he did not write them with his own hand, are they truly the writings of St. Paul?  Well, they may have been dictated to someone else, but make no mistake, they came directly from the mouth of St. Paul and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

The writings of St. Paul made a major impact on the early Church, and they continue to do so today.  May the words of this great Apostle, who wrote a large portion of the New Testament, continue to impact our lives today and the lives of generations to come.

 

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