Hollison Journey

“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.” – Don Williams Jr

Speak Loud

on June 3, 2008

Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock. And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.” MATTHEW 7:24-27


The gospel reading on Sunday came from Matthew, chapter 7. Fr. Tim gave a great homily. He described his favorite part of an ordination: when the bishop gives instructions to the priest, including the words “believe what you read, teach what you believe, and put into practice what you teach.” He then talked about how this applies to all of us – we all teach and preach in our own ways, even if it isn’t from the ambo. His ending line was “My homily isn’t the words I say but the actions I do. And it is true for you as well.”

Saint Francis of Assisi is known for a similar phrase: “Preach the gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.” Our actions truly do speak much louder than our words. Especially since not everyone uses their words to express themselves. While it’s nice to be told things, the actions have to match up. And this doesn’t just apply to our beliefs, but to our friendships and relationships as well. If the actions aren’t there, the words are meaningless.
Let the doctrine you teach be true nourishment for the people of God. Let the example of your life attract the follower of Christ, so that by word and action you may build up the house which is God’s Church.” -ORDINATION RITE, CATHOLIC CHURCH

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