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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Do your actions reflect what your faith dictate? - Daily Reflections June 23,2016


WORDS OR DEEDS? SCRIBES OR JESUS?
 
Finally we arrive at the conclusion of the Sermon on the Mount. The lesson today has a very clear and unmistakable impact. In the end, it’s all a matter of doing, putting into practice, and living out the teaching.
       If yesterday we were reflecting on the necessary fruits to back up or prove our worth, today’s Gospel lesson is even more concrete. We said, “fruits, not roots.” Today we say, “deeds, not words.”
       It’s the doing that counts more. Doing is what guarantees a strong and solid foundation in our life. Doing sees to it that we are not stuck with mere good intentions and noble aspirations. With doing, everything is translated into reality, capped unto completion, and brought to fruition.
   The opposite is horrible: disaster, catastrophe and calamity. Metaphorically speaking, it’s even worse than earthquakes and typhoons, capsized ferries, and flooded streets. The spoken words have been rendered in vain or have come to naught. What a pity!
       Of course, Jesus is our example and master in this case. He knew perfectly well the value of words, and He did not hesitate to speak and teach. But more importantly, He gave witness to His own words. He backed them up with concrete deeds of love and compassion, forgiveness and healing. We therefore understand and appreciate the last verse much better: “The crowds were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.”
       Those of us, especially in the ministry of teaching and preaching, would do well to examine and ask ourselves: Are we mere “scribes” of the people? Or are we like Jesus to them? Fr. Martin Macasaet, SDB
 
REFLECTION QUESTION: Do your actions reflect what your faith dictate?
 
Help me live out the words that I profess, O Lord. Amen.

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