Friday of the Fifth Week of Lent
I will strive today to make my works match what I profess to believe
Lord, you are life and truth and goodness. You
are also peace and mercy. How grateful I am to have this moment to turn to you. Without you I can do
nothing good. In fact, when I do good, it is you working through me, despite my failings. Thank you,
Lord. Here I am ready to love you more.
Lord, help me to put my
faith into action.
1. The Works Give Testimony:
In today's Gospel reading,
Jesus teaches us that our faith is based not only on what God has promised, but also on what he has
done. Christ points to his works as the basis for faith in him as the Son: Even if you do not
believe me, believe the works…. The greatest of all these works is his resurrection from the dead,
which we will commemorate a few days from now. Works are always more powerful than words. Words may
convince the mind, but works move the will to action – to decision. Jesus still continues to do the
works of the Father today, especially in the Eucharist and in sacramental confession, as well in the
other sacraments. Do I see these works as they really are true actions of Christ with the
power to transform?
2. The World Needs the Testimony of Holy
We can never underestimate the importance and the power of personal testimony in
today's world. We are inundated with information and external stimuli of all types. Words and images
and slogans abound. Yet against this cacophonous backdrop, the works of true holiness speak louder
than ever before. Pope Paul VI said it best: "Contemporary man needs testimony more than arguments."
In our personal case, do our works match our words? Do our works speak for themselves of what we
profess? Or are we "all words and no works?"
3. Let Your Light Shine in the World so
that They Might Believe:
God's word has a special ability to penetrate the human heart and
conscience. We need to trust the transforming ability of Scripture. When that word is assimilated in
the lives of believers, its power is multiplied even more. The tremendous and even virulent
opposition Jesus meets at the hands of his adversaries cannot keep others from believing in him.
This mystery is repeated over and over again in the life of the Church. Where there is the greatest
opposition to the Gospel message, there are also the greatest conversions. "Where sin abounds, grace
abounds more abundantly," (Romans 5:20) to paraphrase Saint Paul. This proven truth should protect
us from discouragement in our own efforts to evangelize.
Conversation with Christ:
I believe in you, Lord,
when I cast out my nets one and one hundred times,
and I draw them in wet, empty, almost broken.
I believe that you test your
because when the seed is sunk down into the earth
then it can
better take root in God.
I want to abandon myself to you,
that you may place me
as a seal on your heart.
strive today to make my works match what I profess to believe.