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    Opening Prayer

    Lord, teach us to pray:
                  “Our Father…”

    The Reading
    (To be read by the Leader)

    “So also, faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead, (James 2, 17)

    My dear brothers in the Lord; “Faith in Action” is or mantra and our mandate during this Columbian year and perhaps for many years to follow. In his letter, St James affirms the critical importance of faith as an integral component of our journeys and our relationship with the Lord Jesus. He also notes that works is an integral expression of this faith that is so critical to who we are as Catholic men whose role it is to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with our families and with our community at large. St. James draws an important distinction and an important parallel within these two precepts of faith and action.

    style=”text-align: justify;”>The extension of chapter 2, verse 17 follows. Indeed, someone may say, “you have faith and I have works.” Demonstrate your faith without works, and I will demonstrate my faith to you from my works, (James 2, 18).” An important distinction for us as Catholic men to note here is this. There are some that would say that our works demonstrate our faith, but the reality is that our works need to come about as an expression of our faith. Does this seem like we are splitting hairs? I say no it does not. We, as Catholic men, as Knights of Columbus, do not do what we do to demonstrate or show our faith. We do what we do as expressions of our faith, as expressions of who we are and what we believe. Brothers, St. James tells us that our faith is our inspiration our reason for being, our reason for doing what we do. Put another way; the love we have for our God, our faith in the love of our God for us His children, is expressed in the actions we embrace in order to live our God-given commandment. “This is my commandment: love one another as I have loved you, (Jn. 15, 12).”

    The Reflection
    (To be read by the Leader)

    The distinction for our organization whose mandate is “Faith in Action” is really very important. We do not do what we do (action) to show our (faith), we do what we do, because our (faith) impels us to do what we do, our (action). Our faith leads/impels/draws us to action. Hence the critical importance, as “those men called Knights,” of us growing in our faith at every opportunity. The stronger and more robust we grow in our own faith the greater the motivation will be for us to express, to live out our faith in concrete actions, spiritually and practically for the benefit of all our brothers and sisters. It has been said about the charitable works that our Knights engage in throughout the world; we do not do what we do because they are Catholic, we do what we do because we are Catholic. Our love of God, our faith in God’s love for us His children inspires us to desire to live that love, that faith out in word and most importantly in action.

    Brothers, as we enter another Columbian year, may we desire to grow in our faith. May this continued growth on our faith journeys, lead us to further action. I believe strongly, the more we focus on growing in our faith, in understanding our faith, in sharing our faith with one another, that the charitable activities and actions that we engage in as Catholic men become simply, practical expressions of the faith we are engaged in, lived out and benefitting our brothers and sisters throughout our world.
    “So also, faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead, (James 2, 17)”

    Meditation Period
    (The Leader now invites the members to spend a few moments in silent reflection, as the above text is not meant to be a ready-made answer but a starter for personal reflection on the theme.)

    Fraternal Sharing
    (The leader now invites the members to share with their Brother Knights any relevant thoughts that came to them during the meditation period.)

    Closing Prayer
    (Recited by all)

    Let us pray:
        “Almighty ever-living God, grant that we may always conform our will to yours and serve your majesty in sincerity of heart. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen