The Catholic Defender: James 1:19-25 Doers Of The Word
"Know this, my brethren. Let every man be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger, for the anger of man does not work the righteousness of God. Therefore put away all filthiness and rank growth of wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if any one is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who observes his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself and goes away and at once forgets what he looks like. But he who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer that forgets but a doer that acts, he shall be blessed in his doing" (James 1:19-25). The Word of God has been implanted into the world through the Catholic Church, because the life source comes from the flow of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, "But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring your remembrance all that I have said to you" (John 14:26). Jesus is the source of all the sacred traditions and scriptures that have been handed down for 2,000 years. It is through this word that we are called to act in service of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. It is interesting to note that scriptures are a source to save souls, but not in the simple hearing of the Word, but the acting out the message of the Word.
We are to be meek and humble about this task because we do not deserve this grace, but we are entrusted to live it. Through Gods gifts of grace, we are called to go to the nations and baptize them and teach them the gospel. The power of the message is found in our faithfulness to His Word. People should see His reflection in us by the way we show love to our fellow man. To those who believe that all you need be is hears of the word only (Sola Scriptura), Jesus instructs us to give food and drink to the thirsty and the hungry. The Catholic Church by far gives the most food for the poor in impoverished nations than any other entity in the world. I gave money to Catholic Relief Services (CRS) many years as I served in the Army. CRS would be among the first to respond to natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, war torn lands. This is a most important work as food shelters, warehouses are set up to help the poor all over the world.
Jesus said, "I was a stranger and you welcomed me", the Catholic Church founded the system that helps the pilgrims, building hospitals, orphanages, schools, colleges, supporting and organizing to help societies reaching the poor. Travelers were originally supported my monks who developed monasteries that helped those who needed rest on their journey's. This helped develop roads which worked to make traveling easier so the Church was instrumental in helping develop business helping the common man, the traveler, the stranger. Technology and science have been used to strengthen faith and work together for the common need of man to learn more about himself, whom God has made in His likeness and glory. Jesus said, "I was naked and you clothed me", we have been clothed in His righteousness, grounded on the truth of the gospel. The Catholic Church defends modesty in society, a moral guide for those who are seeking for the ship that will not sink, like the Ark of Noah. The Catholic Church is the moral compass leading those who want to cross over to safety in the Lord. Jesus was stripped of His garments at the cross so that we might be clothed with His glory.
The Catholic Church stands for the dignity of every human being believing that every human being is precious in the eyes of God. The Church seeks to liberate women from the bondage of pornography, from being made into objects of worship and idols. Jesus said, "I was sick and you visited me", as I mentioned before, the Catholic Church established the Hospital system that is the model everyone have adopted to work in helping the sick. Through God's divine providence and His love for mankind, he gave us men who discovered technologies to heal those of sickness. Disease has always been a threat, but many cures have been discovered that has helped many who were sick to be healed. Polio and Tuberculosis were deadly diseases that have been almost totally defeated through vaccination and medication.
God has given us many good things to help the sick, Jesus is the Master Healer. As Catholics we know that he heals through the power of His hand and through those whom he placed in our path with the means of healing. Millions have been helped through the Catholic Church for centuries. Jesus said, "I was in prison and you came to me", the Catholic church through the testimony of great people such as Russell Ford and Harold Morris, are working to serve those in prisons who are largely forgotten. The Church has always offered the Sacraments to those who many have had long roads paved with injustice, bitterness, hatreds, and violence. More needs to be done in reaching out to those who are spiritually crying out for help. Mother Mary at Fatima asked us to do sacrifice and pray for those forgotten who are on their way to perdition. The Lord loves them and seeks to use us to help save them. Walls can been torn down through the love of God, hearts can be changed even in the most terrible places.
We must be doers of the Word and not hearers only. If we are faithful to the Word of God, we will receive that blessing that results from our doing. We will be raised on that last day for receiving the Bread of life, we will receive that forgiveness through His ambassadors of grace, we will receive the seal of the Holy Spirit through the laying of hands that anoints us with the oil of salvation, the oil of gladness, we will receive that anointing of the sick that will forgive our sins and heal our souls, we will benefit from the Holy Orders of the Ministers of Grace that brings us God's grace through the Sacraments. The Lord will bless marriage as he did at the wedding of Cana giving us grace to help each other on this great journey of Faith. Be doers of the Word.