Believers are doers. We are tempted at times to regard faith as merely the acceptance of a list of propositions. We may then conclude that nothing more is required. At times we are likely to equate faith with the ability to recite our God’s outstanding achievements. We may then reason that nothing else is really need. We thus fail to see that by believing we accept God and those things that God values and, in turn, we are then called to reflect God and God’s values to others. Believers are doers.
At a time of political turmoil Micah preaches that God will raise up a Davidic king who will be a firm believer bent upon showing his faith in action. He will stand firm and shepherd his flock. However, he will not rely on Assyrian arms but on the strength of the Lord. He will truly provide for his people in the majestic name of the Lord his God. Such faith carried over into action will ultimately mean peace for the citizenry. In Micah believers are doers.
For Luke, Mary symbolizes the believing community and therefore the active community. He presents the visitation scene as an act of compliance with her faith-filled statement that she is the handmaid of the Lord. Elizabeth calls her Blessed since Mary believes that the Lord’s word will be fulfilled. Luke acknowledges that Mary not only hears the word of God but also keeps it. For Luke, Mary’s faith is one that overflows into action. Such a faith, in turn, becomes the model for his community. In Luke, believers are doers.
Business people who translate their convictions into providing justice for all demonstrate their faith. Parents who teach their family the Good News by total education prove their faith. Leaders who reduce their acceptance of God to caring for their people give evidence of their faith. The sick and the dying who make the Good News come alive by patience and joy attest to their faith. All such people see their faith as the reflection of their God’s world of values. They maintain that believers are doers.
The Eucharist focuses on Jesus’ faith in the Father as demonstrated by his self-giving. It is this faith that Eucharist exploits for the sake of the community. To eat and drink with Jesus means to express faith in Jesus in daily living. The Eucharist also insists that believers are doers.
I recommend this Reflection by John F. Craghan as worthy of reading and meditation.
On Behalf of All of Your Ministers,
Staff and Clergy,
We Pray for You In the Most Holy Eucharist
To have Faith in the Incarnation Renewed Hope
and The Desire to Love And be Loved as Jesus Loves.
And May the Christ Born Anew in Each of Us
Guide and Inspire St. Rita Parish
The Year of Our Lord 2013!