Let’s go back to an old-age problem in Christian theology – one that has caused debate and, at worst, division. How are we saved? It is Jesus who saves us, yes, not our works. It is by faith in him that we accept salvation. BUT this does not mean that all our other actions count for nothing or are not important.

The authenticity of our faith is tested by the fruit it bears, particularly in our relationships with other people—more particularly still, in our relationship to the poor – those who for any reason whatsoever are marginalised. The Letter of James, which we hear from this weekend, is not unique in stressing action.

Most of the words attributed to Jesus do the same – think about it. Jesus is always exhorting people to some sort of action, reaching out to others. He does that himself today when he cures a someone who is mute. He also teaches us some valuable spiritual lessons about hearing and speech.

Join Fr Russell Pollitt SJ as he reflects on the readings for the Scriptures of the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B.

You can find the texts that this reflection is based on in your bible or simply hover your mouse over the reference and the text will appear:

Isaiah 35:4-7; Psalm 145; James 2:1-5; Mark 7:31-37.

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