Lent ……. Day Thirteen
Lent …… Day Thirteen
“…but for a long time I have understood that we must not depend (‘on beautiful thoughts which nourish the soul’). The most beautiful thoughts are nothing without good works.” (Story of a Soul, 234)
St. Therese of Lisieu
Within the christian communities we seem to have some disagreements on this topic. Will God have mercy on you based on your good works alone?
We understand that it is by God’s mercy and grace that we are saved. We understand that one sure way is declare that Jesus died on the cross for forgiveness of our sins. We understand that by Jesus’ blood He will lead us to salvation and that someday we will join Him in paradise. All christians are in agreement on this (okay – well in my opinion, we all agree).
So how can you have faith alone and not show works of mercy? How can you say you love me without showing me your love? How can you say you’re a christian without showing outward signs of christianity? Faith and works actually go together like an ice cream cone. We show our faith by our works of mercy. Like the good Samaritan did to the beggar along the side of the road; he did not preach; he did not try to convert him; all he did was to care for him, got him help and paid the bill, then he left – unknown to all. We do not know anything else about him. We’ll we see the good Samaritan in heaven based on his works? Well in my eyes, yes. Based on his works he portrays that of a christian. He showed acts of mercy, generosity and most importantly, acts of love. So in James 2 “26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.”
And as St Therese states “the most beautiful thoughts are nothing without good works”
Glory be to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.