Prickly Question



What good is it if you have faith but do not have works? This is the prickly question that is posed in today’s First Reading. As a Christian, are you ready to do good works to celebrate your faith? God has given you so much and it is not meant to be shelved or squandered but to be used for the greater good–for all of humanity. 

When I was on vacation recently, a homeless man asked me for money. I stopped and looked deep into his eyes and blessed him but did not give him anything. I try to give food if I have it on me but I did not.  Walking by without looking at him seemed to not be the right answer either. I often wonder what I should really be doing at moments like that. 

I have faith and I have good works and yet sometimes I wonder how to combine the two. I believe in social action. To serve is a deep desire of mine. It stems from my longing to be God’s hands and voice in this world. I want to bring comfort and peace to people. In my weariness some days I wonder if I am on track.

What good works do you do to show your faith?



About sstyves

A Canadian prairie girl rooted in Ignatian spirituality, I seek God in all things. Whether I catch a glimpse of the Divine and delight in its presence in nature or in the beauty of an encounter with someone, I am ever so grateful that I can recognize the Creator. I greet each new day with hope and happiness, expecting blessings and miracles because I am created to praise, love and serve God. This blog is one way of realizing that through my writings, prayers, and photography. To God be the Glory!
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