CHRISTMAS DAY REFLECTION: IS FAITH A RITUAL OR A GOOD ACTION?


“Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.” James 1: 23-24
The Mirror

God holds up a mirror to us
where only one thing appears.
Our innermost heart.

We either see light,
joy and heavenly purity,
or something blackened
with selfish thoughts.

If we glimpse a terrible image,
the temptation is to walk away
from the mirror of God,
to forget who we are,
and busy ourselves.

Be brave,
study the mirror,
and search for the actions
that alone can save us.

Good actions are like
a crowd of friends
inviting us to a wedding.

Search for the good actions
you are destined to perform.
If you have missed them,
Go back and find the turning.

For good actions alone will bring our heart
into a state of love
mirroring the love of God.

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