Grace to you!
Life in the family has a lot to teach us about spirituality and Christian life. The family is the nursery where one could learn the basics of faith life. As the “domestic church,” the family nurtures faith.
For many, it is in their family they first received the gift of faith. For many too, from their family, they could draw some imageries to relate to their faith life
For instance, in the family, one could see different kinds of members. There are some siblings or members of a family who talk more than they do. They simply speak more than anyone else. When it comes to the doing part, no one sees them. They like to take all the glory for everything. Hardly do they do what leads to the glory.
There are also others who live the family values to the core. They sacrifice and are ready to go the extra mile. They may not be loud about it. They simply lead by action. They walk the talk.
In the family of God, the Church, it isn’t surprising we see believers who are also doers, and other so-called believers who seem to be all mere word, confession; but when it comes to living the life they profess, their action signals go flat.
The Lord would speak to this situation in the Gospel of Matthew chapter seven. He distinguishes between those who are solidly built on a solid foundation because they believe God’s word and put it into practice,versus those who bear the name of “religion” but live the life of unbelievers. (Mt. 7:21-27).
Salvation in Christ is by the grace of God through faith. This is biblical truth. The saving faith is the one that believes in the heart, confesses with the lips and lives the life of faith in charity. It isn’t simply a mental thing without ethical implication.
The Lord instructs us to take seriously the radical difference between the false “faith” (false prophet) and the true faith “true prophet.” “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Mt 7:21).
Scripture tells us, “Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” (Jas 1:22).
On this Day 5 of Advent, I pray that we be led by the power of God’s saving grace to put our faith in Christ into action; for “faith without good works is dead” (Jas 2:17).
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
[Thursday Week 1 Advent: Is 26:1-6; Matt. 7:21, 24-27]
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on the bible readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations this Advent Season.