Doers, Not Hearers

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In the Second Reading today, James 1 says that we should be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. Our faith should move us to action. St. Ignatius knew this well, and it is at the core of the Spiritual Exercises, emphasized in the Principle and Foundation to love, honour and serve God.

I have a friend who teases me about making blankets for the poor–I am not a sewer or quilter. I know she is speaking metaphorically when she says this but it does bring a smile to my face that she equates me with those who do acts of charity. There are many ways to be doers of the word. We need only keep our eyes open to see how the Word takes on Flesh around us.

Peace,

Suzanne

Reflection Questions:

What are you doing to bring about the Kingdom today?
What does serving God look like for you?

Prayer

Talk is cheap, God.
I can pray all sorts of
pretty words but if I do not
act upon them, if I leave
the work for someone else,
I have failed.
Create in me a heart of
compassion that longs to serve.
May I be a Light to this world
and a reflection of You in all I do.

Amen.

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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