Good Works

One huge difference between us Catholics and Protestants is that the Protestants believe in Faith Alone. That is, just say, “Jesus is Lord.” and “Receive Him as your personal Lord and Saviour”, and you will be saved. 

For Catholics, it is clear faith and good works. We remember Jesus telling his disciples, “The greatest are those who serve.” He also gave them a parable of the talents, condemning the one who did not do anything about his talent and just buried it in the ground. Also in the Gospel, we are reminded that the basis for eternal life is, “Whatever you do to the least of your brethren you do unto me.”

Hence to help us be able to be a blessing to others, three things we remember:

  1. All our lives are intertwined. Anything that happens, even if it is halfway around the world, we are affected. So true is the saying, “No one is an island.” Further, when we bless others, we bless ourselves as well. The blessing will always come back to us because our lives are intertwined.
  2. We have a mission on earth. God has placed us in this world because he has a mission for each and every one of us. If we are faithful to this mission, we also become a blessing to others. 
  3. We do it unto Jesus. The words of Christ, “Whatever we do to the least of your brethren you do unto me.” Also, the bible tells us, “He who gives to the poor, lends to God.” Yes, when one lends to God, he cannot be outdone in generosity. 

Whether rich or simple, we thank God for what we have. Second, we came into this world with nothing and we are leaving this world with nothing. Third, the only thing we can bring to the next life is our heavenly treasures. That is none other but the kindness we have shown other people. 

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