Are you a practicing Catholic but a stranger to the Lord?

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Putting faith into practice does not necessarily mean always and immediately succeeding, but rather “trying every day”.

Today’s readings can be found here.

Mat 7:21-29

Reflection

Too often we reduce faith to many words and godly reasoning. We convince ourselves that because the theory is clear in our heads, it automatically makes us saints, or at least good Christians.

Jesus in today’s gospel dispels all doubt in this regard,

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? Have we not cast out demons in your name? Have we not done great deeds in your name? Then I will solemnly declare to them, “I will not never knew. Get away from me, you malefactors.’

One can spend a lifetime as a believer and as a practicing Catholic and yet be a complete stranger to the Lord. It is simply because we have been Christians in words but not in deeds.

Doing the will of God is worth more than many words. Putting our beliefs into practice is the foundation of any authentic faith experience that remains standing despite storms and adversity:

“Whoever listens to my words and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain fell, the floods came and the winds blew and shook the house. But he didn’t collapse; it had been fixed firmly to the rock.

Digging into rock is not an easy thing; rather it is hard work. Jesus wants to suggest to us that putting faith into practice does not necessarily mean always and immediately succeeding, but rather “trying every day”. A saint is someone who tries every day to be holy, and each time he fails, he tries again with great confidence and also in a good mood (which, by the way, is a characteristic of someone who really has a good spiritual life).

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Father Luigi Maria Epicoco is a priest of the Diocese of Aquila and teaches philosophy at the Pontifical Lateran University and at the ISSR “Fides et ratio”, Aquila. He devoted himself to preaching, especially for the formation of lay people and religious, giving conferences, retreats and days of recollection. He is the author of numerous books and articles. Since 2021, he has been an ecclesiastical assistant in the Vatican Dicastery for Communication and a columnist for the Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano.

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