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Playing Catch With The Lord

Last night, as I was leaving church after singing vespers, one of the members of the group began to talk to me about gifts from our Lord. I pondered was he was saying and then at Mass this morning, the Priests entire Homily was about gifts. He had mentioned that when we are judged but God, it wont be against other souls and what they did or did not do, but what we did with the gifts our Lord had given to us. We will be judged against ourselves.

I couldn’t help but tell my Priest after, that I was taken in by his homily. I compared receiving the gifts our Lord sent to us as playing catch with Him. I could see myself standing at a distance form Him anticipation the next toss. Ready for it and in some times, being distracted by what was going on around me, the truck passing by, a horn in the distance, others playing and wanting to join them rather then play catch with Him and dropping the “ball”.

As I ponder this more, it is like a Married couple on Christmas Eve, wrapping presents for the celebration of Christmas. He tosses a gift, sometimes we catch it, sometimes we drop it. When we receive it, we see it unwrapped and wrap it back up through our works in regards to using it as He needs us to and tie it up nicely by tossing it back to our Lord, in completion. When He receives it, He places it under the Christias Tree. At the end of our life, when we are standing in front of The “Tree”, there will be two piles of gifts. Those wrapped nicely through the word we have done, through our charitable actions and love behind them, and a pile of gifts that remain never wrapped. The gifts we were give to “wrap” that we never finished, the gifts we dropped, the gifts we ignored thinking it wasn’t good enough or it wasn’t want we wanted to give.

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Faith Without Works

Today is the feast of Saints Philip and James, the Apostles. Pray for us.

I do not mean to leave out St. Philip in this post or diminish him in any way on this feast of these great men.

As I was laying in bed pondering and praying, a very bright revelation came to mind.

What good would come from everything I have written in this blog, and everything I have pondered for every second throughout my conversion, all the insight I have obtained through prayer, the things I have witnessed in my dealings, if I have never put any of it to work in my own life? It would all amount to nothing. I prayed to St James for more information regarding faith without works and this is the answer I received. In a flash!

You buy a toy for your children that needs assembly. You open the box and dump everything in the middle of the floor. It comes with instructions. You sit with the instructions and think, wow, what a cool toy my children are going to love this! You read the list of tools needed, you look through everything on the floor and all the pieces are there. You sit back down and read the instructions. You get up, and head to work. You come home from work and the toy is still sitting in the exact place in the middle of the floor. You sit down and read the instructions thinking how great the engineer was that designed this toy! You set the instructions on the table and turn on the TV and completely ignore the pieces all over the floor. Days and years pass and the pieces are still sitting exactly where you left them, but every day, you read the instructions.

If you do not APPLY the instructions to the piece, it does no good. The instructions are designed to work with that toy and that toy needs those instructions to be placed together in perfection to be used and enjoyed!

“What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” James 2:14-26

“As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.” James 2:26

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