By our Works…We Show our Faith

When Jesus gathered his closest friends just before his passion, he talked about the final judgment: “Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Mt 25:40)  And further: “Whatever you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.” (Mt 25:45)

We are called to be more than just people of faith…we are called to be people of action. In the New Testament Letter of James, we hear: “I will demonstrate my faith to you from my works…faith without works is dead.” (Jas 2:18,26)

Pope Paul VI famously asserted in 1972 that: “If you want peace, work for justice.”

Pope Francis has called for a Holy Year of Mercy.  Although there is no one word translation or definition for “mercy”, its meaning includes: kindness beyond expected, forgiveness without measure, and compassion.

During the 2015-16 school year, students will be reflecting on the Works of Mercy and creating opportunities to demonstrate their faith through their actions.  The first quarter focus is “feed the hungry”. During the second quarter there will be efforts to “clothe the naked”. Students will seek ways to “shelter the homeless” during the third quarter. During the fourth quarter, students will “visit the sick” in our community.

Through our actions, we work for justice. Through our actions, we share God’s mercy. Through our actions,  we bring peace to our world. Through our actions, our faith comes alive!

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