Faith and Works
What good is it, my brothers and sisters,
if someone says he has faith but does not have works? (James 2:14)
This question indicates some tensions among the members of an early Christian community. Some Christians understood that only faith was necessary for salvation and therefore works were not important. In his response, James indicates that this is not a question of either/or but both. It is important to understand that in our Christian life, our works are faith in action. It is not necessarily that our works are per se the source of salvation, but that through our works we proclaim the one Savior, Jesus Christ our Lord, and participate in his mission.
One of the most important Christian works is teaching the faith at different levels: children, youth, young adults, and adults. In teaching the faith, there is a mutual benefit for the teacher and the student, they both grow in their understanding of the faith and therefore, in faithful discipleship. We just started our CCE and Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) programs. These two programs are in need of teachers and volunteers in different areas. If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Eileen Hubbard at firstname.lastname@example.org or me at email@example.com. Holy Rosary parish will greatly appreciate your time and generosity in passing on the faith to those the Lord is calling to follow him. Thank you!
—fr. Jorge Rátiva, O.P.