Newsletter for Sunday 1 March 2020

28 Feb

Faith Without Works is Dead

Something we all ought to be thinking about during Lent are the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. We have an obligation to show our love of neighbour, and to perform at least one work of mercy a day is an important way to prepare for the judgement we will all undergo at death, because our deeds and good works in this life have eternal ramifications (Matthew 25:31-46).  St James in his Epistle (2:14-16) warns us about having a dead faith. “What does it profit, my brethren, if a man says he has faith but has not works? Can his faith save him? If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.”

The Spiritual Works of Mercy are:

  1. to admonish the sinner
  2. to instruct the ignorant
  3. to counsel the doubtful
  4. to comfort the sorrowful
  5. to bear wrongs patiently
  6. to forgive all injuries
  7. to pray for the living and the dead.

The Corporal Works of Mercy are:

  1. to feed the hungry
  2. to give drink to the thirsty
  3. to clothe the naked
  4. to shelter the homeless
  5. to visit the sick
  6. to visit those in prison
  7. to bury the dead.

Let us all respond generously to the works of mercy this Lent. There are many opportunities  in Loughborough and in the parish.                                                                          

Fr Paul Gillham IC 

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