Faith without works is dead..

“What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 

Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”

James 2:14-17

Peace and good to all.

If I may share my thoughts on the above Bible passage. 

Jesus wants us to live in His likeness. Remember the miracle of the multiplication? When instead of sending away the many people because they have nothing to eat, Jesus insisted that they be fed and the little food that they have  be shared to everyone. And, so the miracle of sharing has fed the multitude. 

There Jesus showed to His disciples the secret of abundance. And, this is what the above verse is also telling us. That, it is only in giving that we will truly have. For until then we are merely in possession of material objects and not their owners. Actually we are possessed by these earthly things. But if we have the freedom to give and share them to others, then we are  the owners not the owned. Nobody is so poor he has nothing to give, and nobody is so rich he has nothing to receive.

What does it profit for a man who says he believes in Jesus but does not even help a brother who is in need, or does not do anything when asked for help?  What good does it give for a man who professes faith in Jesus but does not apply the teachings of Christ but rather continue to hold on to his wealth and fails to lend a helping hand to someone in need ?  Let’s ask ourselves to consider what it profits us if we fail to put our faith to work.  Whenever we fail to put our faith to work when faced with a need, remember God sees us. 

Just say the word Lord, and, I will be healed..

“Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed,  suffering terribly.”

Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”

The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.’

 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.”And his servant was healed at that moment.”

Matthew 8: 6-8, 13

Peace and good to all.

If my share my thoughts on the above gospel.

Faith. 

The gospel is about faith of the centurion (a Roman commander), a person  not associated with Jesus who is a Jew, and yet, because of his strong faith in Jesus , his request was granted which resulted in his servant being healed the same day. 

What is the gospel telling us?  That, Jesus does not look on the stature of a person. He does not look on the religious affiliations; beliefs and race are irrelevant for him. He just expects a person who comes to Him to be healed  to have strong faith in Him; to completely surrender his trust in Him. 

That, it does not matter from where you are, whether you are physically or spiritually afflicted like the leper He healed;  whether you are in need of healing for yourself or for someone you care about, like the centurion here, as long as you put your trust in Him and completely surrender to the power of God, then things will be done as you believed it will be, through the power of Jesus whom you invoke. 

Faith. 

Faith in Jesus is the most crucial part of us when we come to Him for help. Beliefs and religious doctrines are irrelevant to God. What is important is that when you come to Him for help, for healing, you completely surrender all your trust on His mighty power that He only, can heal. The healing we may be asking from Him, may not come on the manner and time we had hoped for but rest assured that Jesus is gracing us with His healing power, in the way that is best for us. Without faith my friends God will be hampered in reaching out His healing love to you. This may remind us of the people of Nazareth (the place where Jesus grew up) Jesus was not able to perform miracles there because of their lack of faith in Him. 

Jesus, the Great Healer, does not only heal superficially. He heals the inner most part of our hearts that no physician or healer on earth could do. So many of us are deeply wounded, living but deeply wounded, not physically, but deeply in our hearts. Deeper wounds my friends can only be healed through the help and grace of Jesus – the Divine Physician.