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A Faith that Saves – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

A Faith that Saves – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

Jesus says that it is this faith which made him well. The word used here comes from the word sozo, which can also mean ‘to save’. There can be no doubt that this is what is implied here, for he had already been healed. The physical healing he received from Jesus was an immense grace and a foretaste of the complete wholeness and salvation Jesus came to bring him and the other lepers. But it was only a foretaste. Only through faith—a constant living into that healing through obedience, trust and gratitude expressed in worship—could he be made completely well, could he be saved.

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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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Doers of the Word – Second Reading in Preparation for the Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Doers of the Word – Second Reading in Preparation for the Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

“ Contemplation aims at creating within us a truly wise and discerning vision of reality, as God sees it, and at forming within us ‘the mind of Christ’…[It] is not concluded until it arrives at action which moves the believer to make his or her life a gift for others in charity.’ (Verbum Domini, p 129)

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Life from the Dead – Second Reading in Preparation for the Fourth Sunday in Lent

Life from the Dead – Second Reading in Preparation for the Fourth Sunday in Lent

“Often today people don’t believe there is much wrong with the human race and with themselves in particular. As a result they don’t see very much need for God’s grace…All that God has to offer, it seems, is a kind of spiritual enhancement of ordinary life, a gentle enrichment of what’s already there rather than a radical rescue from imminent danger…But Paul’s gospel is all about grace that is more than mere enrichment. It gives life to the dead.” (N.T. Wright)

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