The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II Friday, Week VI, Year II in Ordinary Time, 18 February 2022 James 2:14-24, 26 ><)))*> + ><)))*> + ><)))*> Mark 8:34-9:1
Awaken us, O Lord, from our mistake and error of insisting that our pious and religious exercises are the "good works" that express our faith in you; let us realize that it is not enough that we simply celebrate Mass, recite the Rosary, join processions and pilgrimages and keep other devotions that make us good practicing Catholics; these are not the good works that St. James is asking from us in the first reading: faith is the true living out of our faith in you, Jesus Christ!
For just as a body without spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.James 2:26
True faith in you, O Lord, is forgetting one's self to reach out to those in need, fighting for justice and peace, being more loving and kind, forgiving and understanding of others just like you, dear Jesus.
True faith in you, dear Jesus, is being your disciple which is a call to deny one's self, to take up one's cross in life, and to follow YOU always (Mark 8:34).
Give me the grace this day, Jesus, to sincerely look into myself and examine how true is my faith in you, how my very life and actions reveal the faith I have or simply do not have at all. Amen.