|Faith Requires Love; Otherwise, Even as Faith, It is Dead|
|Written by Sherry|
|Thursday, 21 April 2011 19:42|
A stunning excert from Pope Benedict's Holy Thursday homily that I'll be meditating on the rest of the evening and tomorrow:
Jesus also knew about guests who come to the banquet without being robed in the wedding garment – they come not to rejoice in his presence but merely out of habit, since their hearts are elsewhere. In one of his homilies Saint Gregory the Great asks: Who are these people who enter without the wedding garment? What is this garment and how does one acquire it? He replies that those who are invited and enter do in some way have faith. It is faith which opens the door to them. But they lack the wedding garment of love. Those who do not live their faith as love are not ready for the banquet and are cast out. Eucharistic communion requires faith, but faith requires love; otherwise, even as faith, it is dead.