“For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved…But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? And how can people preach unless they are sent?” Romans10:10,14-15
The word of the day – BELIEVE. What has been the most difficult belief in your journey? Do you truly believe the Word of God? Even when it contradicts your way of life?
The last few years I’ve been blogging almost daily during Advent. Each day I find we are invited to act as we prepare our stable, our manger, our HEARTS for Christ. To be like Mary and Joseph and peer into the very eyes of this baby as He comes into our lives more fully.
In order to welcome Jesus completely, we must first BELIEVE. We cannot be disciples unless we are grounded in what we believe in. We cannot be sent out in the world to proclaim unless our hearts have been opened and our minds embraced who Christ is for us in our daily lives.
In Romans 10:15, St Paul tells us “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring [the] good news!”. I hear two actions when I read this. The most obvious is proclaiming the good news. Take a deeper dive into the part before proclaiming the good news. “How beautiful are the feet”. What in the world would our feet have to do with this? Feet – beautiful?
Perhaps we are being called to action through belief. If we fully believe in the Word, then our actions, our feet, will reveal this belief. Our lives will be aligned and conformed to the good news as we proclaim it and that will reveal the beautiful nature of our physical appearance.
I think the invitation in todays readings from Romans chapter 10 and Matthew chapter 4 is to fully open our hearts to believe in who Christ is and His purpose in our lives.
The disciples didn’t question Jesus when He asked them to come after Him and He would make them fishers of men, Matthew 4:19. They dropped their nets and followed Him.
Did they know something we don’t?
What belief will you embrace this Advent? Is it a belief the conforms to your lifestyle or a lifestyle that conforms to your belief in who Christ is and why He came into the world?