Faith in Action

Is there a contradiction in the gospels? In John 6 Jesus is asked the question, “What must we do to accomplish the works of God?” Jesus answers, “Believe on the one whom he sent.” But in Matthew’s gospel in the parable of the sheep and goats, Jesus says we will be judged according to our works–”Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these you did it to me.”

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  • Christian

    “The problem is that people observe that saints do good works, so they imagine that by doing good works they can become a saint.”

    Well, yes. But through the body’s imitating the works of saints, the recalcitrant soul may come to know faith.

  • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    yes, but not without faith.

  • Alejandro

    I do agree that a combination of faith and works is what brings you definite salvation, but saying this is the only method is erroneous, I made a response to your post here,

  • William H

    One way to help understand what Father is saying, is that Faith is a gift; it is not earned or worked for. Faith is given initially.

  • Bill Foley

    from Bill Foley

    I aplogize that my comment does not apply to the article in question, but I have come across a paragraph that is one of the most beautiful things that I have ever read, and I want to disseminate it over the Internet.
    Human Person and the Tabernacle
    Paragraph from page 344 of Volume 1 of The Mystical Evolution in the Development and Vitality of the Church by Father Juan Arintero, O.P.
    “One day, at the time of Communion, Blessed Mariana of Jesus, the Lily of Madrid, being unusually aware of her lowliness and unworthiness, said to her Lord: “My Lord, the tabernacle in which Thou art is much more clean and beautiful.” Christ answered her: “But it cannot love me.” “From this,” said the holy nun, I understood how much more Christ prefers to reside in our souls than in gold or silver or precious jewels which are inanimate creatures incapable of love.”

  • Cephas

    Sed contra by practicing good works, one would think they would slowly learn to be a giving, caring, loving person, a reflection of the love of God.
    Respondetur good works can also be done for selfish motives, and a person can also grow in self love and remain blind.