James 2: 14-17
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? 15If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, 16and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill’, and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? 17So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.
In the winter months, the homeless suffer greatly, particularly in countries where the weather is severe: warmth and sustenance are equally hard to come by. A charity in Toronto, Canada, has devised a novel solution: it gives baked potatoes in socks to homeless people to keep them warm and, as the warmth wears off, to feed them.
Reflect on your local community and the particular needs and challenges it faces. How might you demonstrate Christ’s love in action? What are you doing at the moment?
Lord God, so often it’s the simplest actions that offer hope and love. Yet so often, we make it all too complicated and end up doing nothing. Teach us, we pray, to put our faith into action, action that speaks louder than words. Amen.
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