Don’t take my word for it

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Todays Readings:
Gn 17:3-9
Ps 105:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
Jn 8:51-59

Have you ever experienced a moment where you tried to convince people about something but they simply didn’t believe you. Perhaps it’s from these moments that the phrase “actions speaks louder than words” may have derived from. Many times people need to see to believe. It’s alright, that’s natural human tendency to want to see something rather than hearing about it. Perhaps we also need to be more convincing by our habits, gestures and attitudes. Jesus did not do things in secret. All of his works were done in plain sight. All of his remarks and his response to people were done in public for all to see. His very own attitude to people was enough to convince some that he was legit.

In some sense, Lent calls us to be legit in what we say, do and how we do it. Our actions help give credibility to our word. There is a lot of power in our words, sometimes we don’t even know it. After all, our whole Christian faith is built upon the witness and testimony of the 12 apostles. The first listeners of these 12 men saw something in these 12 that led them to believe, the followers of the 12 led others to believe and so on and so forth. How do I express my belief that God is alive and is deeply in love with me? Sometimes our word suffices, but if our actions and attitudes reflects the same sentiments as our word, wouldn’t that be just as convincing?

About Bro. Brandon K. Alana, S.M.

A graduate of Chaminade University, he now serves as minister for retreats.

Posted on April 14, 2011, in Lenten Reflections. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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