We greet you in the name of our Lord Christ Jesus.
May the light of the Holy Spirit of our Lord, the Lord of love, mercy, and compassion shine upon all of us and may He grant us the knowledge, patience and wisdom to understand the richness of His teachings and missions which are intended to nurture our hearts and our lives.
“Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do.” (John 14:12)
We all want the words and the actions to match. Only then we know that the words mean what they imply they mean --- and that they are not broken promises, just like AN EMPTY CAN MAKES NOISES.
Jesus, I love you.
Jesus, I believe in you.
Jesus, you are my Lord.
Jesus, you are the most important person in my life.
Jesus, you are the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
We say and profess all sorts of things about Jesus all the time. We gather week after week in this holy place and rededicate ourselves to living as God's faithful disciples, in imitation of him.
But Just saying the words, memorizing the prayers and reciting our Creed really do not demand that much from us. These things themselves are certainly not “proof” of anything.
They can be “just words” if there is no ACTON to match.
This is especially true in the spiritual life.
My brothers and sisters in Christ, the way WE ACT is the only way of knowing whether or not our saying or praying “I love you, Jesus” or “I believe in you” has any merit, any validity, any connection to reality.
The fruits have to be there. It is that simple - unfortunately is not that simple in practice. IT'S EASIER SAID THAN DONE, we all know that.
* Our love for one another must be obvious, and sincere from the bottom of our humbled hearts,
* Our ability to forgive and forget must be displayed time and time and time again.
* Our generosity must be just that --- generous --- and not meager.
* And our mercy, compassion and understanding must extend to all, not just a few around our conform zone, or around those who have the same ethnicity.
“Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do.”
Yes! That is the word of our Lord
May these words of Jesus not just become one more thing that we say, like an empty can makes noises
but rather something we live by ---
not just because it sounds good
not just when it is convenient,
not just when we feel like it,
not just when people are watching ---
NOT AT ALL- NONE of these,
but each and every day of our lives. It is something we live by and act upon.