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Get into the ring! How this works...

This is easy! Each week on Thursday I post my homily main focus for preaching this coming Sunday. What I am hoping for is a reaction from people in the pews. Does my "focus" connect with your daily life, faith, and experience? Or not? Either affirm the direction I am going in (by giving me an example from your life) or challenge me, ask for clarification! Questions are the best! Reaction rather than reflection is what I'm looking for here. Don't be afraid, get in the ring. Ole!

Friday, August 31, 2012

September 2 Pomily Prep

-Last Sunday's homily is available by email
-This Sunday's Scriptures can be found at>>
-I will be celebrating mass this weekend at Sunday 11:00am

Litmus test!

We live in the era of empiricism and scientific method. We are all familiar with the analysis that can be done on anything: a liquid solution, the particulate matter in the air, the radioactivity in an object or area, the sugar in one's blood, the lumens of light in a room. Such analysis has called our attention to the invisible yet ascertainable quality of things.

St. James seems to have applied such discernment or empiricism to the quality of our faith and the efficaciousness of the Word of God. People of faith can discern, judge, or ascertain the efficaciousness of the word of God by examining the morality, righteousness, justice, goodness of one's works.

Some have suggested that this attitude of St. James is a corrective to the disengagement or dismissive attitude of St. Paul to the law and his emphasis on the freedom of the Spirit.

This has certainly, from the Reformation onward, been a great debate among religious people: the connection of faith to righteousness, morality, ethics, community, good works. Can we do an analysis of our faith and detect in it justice, righteousness, ethical behavior, compassion, peace?

Can our Christian lives be tested, "testify" to the effective work of the Word of God in our lives.? Is the litmus test of the Word in our lives a life of justice and compassion?


JoyFuralle said...

I'm going back to last week's Gospel..."This saying is hard; who can accept it?"

The difficulty I have with this message...the analysis...I guess it could be called 'healthy tension'... YES, my life can testify to the effective work of the Word of God in my life...B-U-T the depth is not always there...(so the "litmus" test stick like using a "ketostick" to check carbs can be light pink & pink & deep pink & purple & dark purple) and the difficulty striving to give more and my all, falling short and keeping my eyes on on the goal versus myself, my efforts.

Kathleen said...

If all those deeds and evils that break God’s commandments and come from within people—greed, malice, arrogance and so on—are defiling and indicate that they are defiled persons, it would seem that, likewise, the patience, kindness, humility and generosity that come from people’s hearts and are outwardly manifested in their day to day lives are sanctifying and tangible manifestations of truly Christian lives. In modern terms we’d say it’s necessary to walk our talk. I think of the old saying, talk is cheap.