4.8 Koja je veza između vjere i djela?
Živjeti kao kršćanin [> 4.7] znači donositi svjesne odluke o svojim postupcima (što radimo, a što ne činimo) na temelju našeg odnosa s Isusom. Kao što Biblija kaže, "vjera bez djela je mrtva" (Jak 2,26). Ako zaista vjeruješ u Isusa, tada ćeš htjeti raditi ono što On od tebe traži: voljeti Boga i bližnjega.
Jedan od načina na koji možemo pokazati ovu predanost jest pokušaj poštivanja Deset zapovijedi [> 4.9], čak i ako nismo uvijek uspješni [> 4.10] u tome. Bog se više bavi ljubavlju pokazanom kroz naše darove, nego s onim koliko dajemo (Mk 12,41-44). Kao kršćani, pozvani smo raditi za dobrobit [> 4,45] svih naših bližnjih.
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By what is love for the poor inspired?
Love for the poor is inspired by the Gospel of the Beatitudes and by the example of Jesus in his constant concern for the poor. Jesus said, “Whatever you have done to the least of my brethren, you have done to me” (Matthew 25:40). Love for the poor shows itself through the struggle against material poverty and also against the many forms of cultural, moral, and religious poverty. The spiritual and corporal works of mercy and the many charitable institutions formed throughout the centuries are a concrete witness to the preferential love for the poor which characterizes the disciples of Jesus. [CCCC 520]
What significance do the poor have for Christians?
Love for the poor must be in every age the distinguishing mark of Christians. The poor deserve not just a few alms; they have a claim to justice. For Christians there is a special obligation to share their goods. Our example in love for the poor is Christ.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 5:3)—that is the first sentence in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. There is material, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual poverty. Christians must look after the needy of this earth with great consideration, love, and perseverance. After all, on no other point will they be evaluated by Christ so decisively as on their way of treating the poor: “As you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me” (Mt 25:40). [Youcat 449]
When we hear, 'Your faith has saved you', we do not understand [God] to say absolutely that those who have believed in any way whatever will be saved, unless also works follow. [St. Clement of Alexandria, Stromata, Bk. 6, Chap. 14 (MG 9, 329)]