A thought for the day
Sunday, the 24th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am and 8:30pm when school is in session
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Cornelius
Readings for today’s Mass
Catholic Christians believe that faith in Christ and his gospel, calls forth a response from the faithful. The gospel calls us to action. If you visit the final judgment narrative of Mt 25, it’s pretty clear. We are judged by what we do or fail to do for those around us who are in need. But if you need to hear it even more clearly, here’s a line from today’s second reading from James that’s rather hard to argue about: “So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”
Criticism from some circles has to do with a lack of understanding about what this means for us. They argue that, by doing good works, we believe we are saving ourselves; sort of like getting brownie points for helping someone across the street. This is also why some do not acknowledge Catholics as even being Christian, suggesting that we don’t believe Jesus saves us, rather we save ourselves by our good works.
Not. even close!
Catholics believe we are saved by the body and blood of Christ on the cross. We also believe that, if we accept his gift of salvation, we are called to respond in many ways, among them are acts of charity; doing good works for the sake of caring for the kingdom.
James offers this very fine example: “If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well," but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it?”
Indeed, it is faith that saves us. But if that does not move us to action, i think we have to question our faith.