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Expressing Our Faith, Sunday Feb. 17

We talked about different ways that our faith is expressed and began with these three verses from scripture:

 “be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another [in] psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and playing to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks always and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Eph 5:19-20)

“love the Lord, your God, follow Him in all ways, keep his commandments, hold fast to Him, and serve him with your whole heart and your whole self.” (Josh 22:5)

“And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Luke 11:9)

It seems that each of these provides us with different ways that our faith in Jesus can be expressed. Yet, these are not the only way to live out one’s faith. Our Catholic tradition is rich with practices, sacraments and sacramentals, prayers, and the examples of all the saints! All of these can guide us as we live and learn our faith. The key words of this last sentence being that we “live and learn” our faith. Pope Francis tells us that living and growing in faith means being called to holiness. That might seems a bit daunting unless we consider what the Second Vatican Council has to say in guiding us: “Strengthened by such a great means of salvation, all the faithful, whatever their condition, are called by the Lord – each in his or her own way – to perfect holiness.” (Dogmatic Constitution of the Church, Lumen Gentium) Scripture guides us in the same way. In his first letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul reminds us that every person is given gifts of the spirit to their own benefit. The point of our call to live (express) our faith is that we do not grow complacent in our relationship with Jesus. As we bask in the nourishment of Christ himself at the end of each mass, we are jolted out of our seats when the priest announces, “Go in peace!” We are meant to leave the church, to take what we learned and express it. What does that mean to you? What gifts has God provided to you so that you can express your faith in a way that is true to the person He created in you? Is it time to seek new ways to express your faith?