Actions Speak Louder Than Words!

30 Aug 2015 by SHRCChurch, Comments Off on Actions Speak Louder Than Words!

DSC_4493Our first reading today tells us: “Observe then carefully, for thus will you give evidence of
your wisdom and intelligence…” while St. James’ advice in the second reading is: “Humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you…” “Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves.” Finally, in the Gospel, Jesus quotes Isaiah saying: “This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship me…”

Thus we are asked to contemplate the need for inner (heartfelt) commitment. Too often those reluctant to follow Christ – especially young people – try to justify their own failures by pointing to our failures, calling us hypocrites. Developing an inner life of sanctity is critical. We can’t be satisfied with externals only. So while we faithfully observe the externals of our religion to “…give evidence…” of our wisdom and intelligence, at the same time we must go beyond externals and “be doers of the word and not hearers only.”

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