Faith and Love are the two sides of the same Coin. By: Ivan Rodrigues – Bangalore -India

Wednesday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time
June 23 2021

Remain in me, as I remain in you, says the Lord;
whoever remains in me will bear much fruit.

Today’s Readings teach us what is faith in action. In the modern World the faith has understood in various ways and most of them in wrong ways . The definition of Faith is “Trusting relationship“, a trusted relationship developed in Prayer and righteousness leads a person to have a fellowship with the Person. When a person spends time with another person , a relationship builds up which we call trust and when we put our trust in to action , we call this as faith and this faith exercised towards other person we call it love. When a young Boy or Girl meet with each other for the first time , they do not trust or have faith or love with each other but as they spend time with each other , a trust develops this trust leads to faith with each other and this faith finally commits to love with each other in Marriage a covenant of love.

Faith and Love are two sides of the same coin , today’s first reading tells us how Abraham was spending his time with the Lord in Prayer and God reminds him his Covenant of love in a Vision but Abraham has a personal doubt on the Lord and asks for a sign and God of love renews his Covenant with Abraham with a sign of of Holy Fire of God’s Love. Abraham trusts God’s Covenant of love for rest of his life and obeys God’s Words of love. This obedience to God’s Covenant made him righteous and Father of Faith. Abraham spent time with the Lord in Prayer , had an encounter with Lord in a Vision and exercised his trust in the Lord for clarification of his doubt and finally saw a miracle of tongues of fire which empowered him with Faith and obeyed the Lord’s Promises by going through a time of test and thus became Righteous.

God calls the Whole World to love him and trust him and put their faith in him. Faith or love are not two activities but one and the same. When we trust God immediately God trusts us and takes us to himself and teaches us his way of life and equips us with gifts and Fruits of his power so that we may use them in to his Kingdom and for his glory. When a person receives these Gifts and do not use them for the Kingdom of God or glory of God but use them for his selfishness and Evil Kingdom then this person becomes a spoiled Child of God or a False Prophet or a Hypocrite or a fallen angel. All Evil angels were once upon a time were children of God but they disobeyed God by using their power for their own selfishness and Pride. In God’s Kingdom Faith and love are the ultimate States of life , if a person loses these states in his life then his gifts are not useful for the Kingdom of God. If a person has a relationship with God then he or she must produce the offspring’s of God’s love otherwise there is something wrong in their relationship .

All Christians are Prophets in their own calling , we must ask a personal Question to ourselves , are we bearing Fruits of love and forgiveness or keep hatred and unforgiveness in our heart. If we have hatred and Unforgiveness then we are called the False Prophets in today’s Gospel. If we love and forgive then the Lord is calling us Children of God. There are many False Prophets or spoiled Children of God who act like good Prophets and disturb the Kingdom of God. There is forgiveness to the Prodigal Son but there is no forgiveness to the Evil Spirits . God’s anger comes on these wolves and they are thrown in the eternal fire. The trees those who do not bear good Fruit’s are thrown in the fire. We must tremble with holy fear with these words because life is not just living a Worldly selfish life but to live for love of the Family , Friends and the Whole World. Let us tremble with Holy fear of our Salvation in every activity we do on this Earth.

Prayer : Lord make me an Instrument of Love and forgiveness. Amen

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