Prayers, please, for the spiritual, mental and physical health of the following, for all their loved ones and all who take are of them:
Mary Frances, complications arose post-op. Increase blood loss and increase in blood pressure. Very frightening experience for her.
For two who badly need to return to the Sacraments.
John a young man with heart problems who is going in for tests.
Mark who is facing problems in his life requiring serious discernment.
A priest who is under going problems with aging.
Jim who is having problems with his prayer life.
a parish which is loosing a much beloved pastor.
Lord, help us all as You know and will. God's will is best. ALl is mercy
and grace. God is never absent, praise Him! Thanks so much. JL
January 4, May 5, September 4
Having our loins girded, therefore,
with faith and the performance of good works (Eph. 6:14),
let us walk in His paths
by the guidance of the Gospel,
that we may deserve to see Him
who has called us to His kingdom (1 Thess. 2:12).
For if we wish to dwell in the tent of that kingdom,
we must run to it by good deeds
or we shall never reach it.
But let us ask the Lord, with the Prophet,
"Lord, who shall dwell in Your tent,
or who shall rest upon Your holy mountain" (Ps. 14:1)?
After this question,
let us listen to the Lord
as He answers and shows us the way to that tent, saying,
"The one Who walks without stain and practices justice;
who speaks truth from his heart;
who has not used his tongue for deceit;
who has done no evil to his neighbor;
who has given no place to slander against his neighbor."
This is the one who,
under any temptation from the malicious devil,
has brought him to naught (Ps. 14:4)
by casting him and his temptation from the sight of his heart;
and who has laid hold of his thoughts
while they were still young
and dashed them against Christ (Ps. 136:9).
It is they who,
fearing the Lord (Ps. 14:4),
do not pride themselves on their good observance;
convinced that the good which is in them
cannot come from themselves and must be from the Lord,
glorify the Lord's work in them (Ps. 14:4),
using the words of the Prophet,
"Not to us, O Lord, not to us,
but to Your name give the glory" (Ps. 113, 2nd part:1).
Thus also the Apostle Paul
attributed nothing of the success of his preaching to himself,
"By the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10).
And again he says,
"He who glories, let him glory in the Lord" (2 Cor. 10:17).
Very briefly, there is an excellent theology of works and faith here,
one which both Lutherans and Roman Catholics should love, with things
each side needs badly to hear. We need on the Catholic side need to
recognize that there is no good in our works that is not of God, of
the saving act of Jesus, and the Lutheran side needs to hear that
works are important means of showing God how much we love Him and
believe in Him. Works are the logical result of faith. Both sides
need faith and no one is anything at all in terms of good without
God, without Christ's perfect sacrifice.
Our Baptism allows us to do good, because it incorporates (literally
us!) into God. In His Mystical Body, we receive the boon of the ability to
We can get so accustomed to this that we can forget that without Him we
could do absolutely nothing of any worth whatever. That is why it is so very
important to make the Morning Offering, to tie our own poor works, prayers,
joys and sufferings to those of Christ and the Cross. Plunged into Jesus,
they become tools of infinite merit and worth!
So yes, we must do good works, but, "Not to us, O Lord, not to us,
but to Your name give the glory!" Works and faith are not the Western
thought dichotomy of "yes and no" of, "either or," but the Zen mind
of "both and." Without God, neither works nor ourselves have any
meaning at all. With God, both are enriched, but only because of Him.
Love and prayers,
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