Doing is Believing

Are we saved by faith alone, or is there more to salvation than professing our belief in Jesus as our savior?  This question has been a dividing point between Catholics and Protestants for centuries.  The disagreement, however, may in fact be more form than substance.

In today’s gospel passage from Matthew, Jesus defines the difference between “faith” that is only professed by the lips and faith that is professed by the way that we live our lives.

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’
will enter the Kingdom of heaven,
but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.

“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them
will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. 
The rain fell, the floods came,
and the winds blew and buffeted the house. 
But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock. 
And everyone who listens to these words of mine
but does not act on them
will be like a fool who built his house on sand. 
The rain fell, the floods came,
and the winds blew and buffeted the house. 
And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”

It is living in Christ that we inherit our salvation.  That “living” is faith.  If we cry, “Lord, Lord,” but fail to do mercy, charity and forgiveness, our words are a mockery.

Christian action is faith.  Doing is believing.

This entry was posted in Reflection. Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Doing is Believing

  1. Fr. Kunkel says:

    We do because we believe, we believe and thus we do. Fr. K. Something like that.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *