From a Creighton Student's Perspective
September 16, 2012
Sophomore, Theology Major
The second reading for today provides an interesting concept to think about and reflect upon. The writer of James seems to outwardly be challenging the people of his time to not only have faith, but also let that faith drive them to act, for faith without actions is no true faith at all.
“If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well, " but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it?” This passage from James affirms two large issues. One, words without action are pointless. We can say we are Christians over and over again, but until we begin attempting to live our lives exemplifying Christ’s life, can we ever truly be Christian? Second, the writer of James also seems to say that in order for actions to relevant, the immediate needs of people need to be reached first and foremost. The suffering of the millions of people in this world, who are without the necessities of life on a daily basis, is the main issue that Christians of today’s world must be willing to rise up and fight against. Jesus acted consistently for the betterment of people’s everywhere; so too today must Christians act for the betterment of humanity and work to have the basic rights of every human being be granted.
As Christians we are called to take up our cross and follow Jesus. In so doing, we are also called to help lift the crosses of our brothers and sisters who are struggling to walk under their own burdens. Action is where change begins, and Christianity exists where actions take place.
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