Prayer for the Day
Heavenly Father, pour fourth your Holy Spirit to inspire me with your Holy Scipture. Stir in my soul the desire to renew my faith and deepen my relationship with your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ so that I might truly believe in and live the Good News. Open my heart to hear the Gospel and pour out your Holy Spirit so that I might be strengthened to proclaim the Good News to others through my thoughts, words, and actions each day.
In moments of hesitation, remind me: If not me, then who will proclaim the Gospel? If not now, then when will the Gospel be proclaimed? If not the truth of the Gospel, then what shall I proclaim?
We ask this through your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
James 2:13-18 (Faith and Works)
"What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, 'Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,' but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it? So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead. Indeed someone may say, 'You have faith and I have works.' Demonstrate your faith to me without works, and I will demonstrate my faith to you from my works."
A Story from Father Boaten
(from a homily of his during his time at Saint Bridget parish)
"Three men were trapped in a cell. The first is an atheist who did nothing and assumed they would die. The second is a Christian who said he would pray -- he prayed, and sat in the corner waiting for a miracle. The third is a Christian who said 'I must figure a way out.' He found a sharp object and scraped away at the wall. Praying for help and strength as he endured, he kept pushing forward. Eventually he carved a hole by which they escaped. Our faith calls us to pray, but to act as well."
- When you think of Fr. Boaten's story, how does it illustrate the use of prayer and action together?
- Can you think of an example of this in your own life, of prayer and action working together? How about in our current situation of dealing with COVID-19, or the issues regarding race relations?
- Now read the sement from James again; what do you think James is saying about authentic faith?
- Given the topics discussed this week, what is one way you would like to grow in your faith? What is your plan to make this desire a reality?