Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Called to the Cross, Called to Abundant Life – Gospel in Preparation for the Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Called to the Cross, Called to Abundant Life – Gospel in Preparation for the Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“…Think of Tolkein’s Smeagol (Gollum), whose very life is drained from him the more he is held captive by his obsession with the ring, or Ebenezer Scrooge who eventually becomes less than human the more he seeks material security to salve the emotional wounds of the past. The only hope for life for them, us, and all those around us is to deny the power these things exercise in our lives by our willingness to take up our cross and follow Christ—to eschew self-protection, self-seeking and selfishness, etc—trusting that on the other side of that death is abundant life he came to offer us.”

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The Works of Faith – Second Reading in Preparation for the Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Works of Faith – Second Reading in Preparation for the Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

At its simplest, and there is much more to it than this, to believe that faith is sufficient without works is to misunderstand what is meant by faith itself. The faith that is required is not mere mental assent, but trust so complete that it surrenders its whole life in following and obedience. Faith, by its nature acts. This is the message that James is conveying in our passage and the verses that follow.

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