Football legend Knute Rockne said, “One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than one hundred teaching it.” Replace the word sportsmanship with Christianity and you get a powerful message. Christianity lives in our actions, not our words. We do far more to spread the Good News by living a Christian life than by preaching about it. We inspire others to live by our example, not by our conversation. In this way, all humans are Missourians; “Show me,” is the universal human motto.
I was recently reading a familiar passage from Matthew. Jesus tells the crowd and his disciples not to follow the example of the scribes and the Pharisees, who talk a good game, but “they preach but they do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens hard to carry and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they will not lift a finger to move them.” Jesus exhorts us to live lives of humble service to one another.
This is the annual sign-up weekend at my parish. We call it the “Time and Talent Fair.” The many parish ministries that are always looking for more help put up simple displays in the gymnasium and we are asked to volunteer wherever our time or talent can be useful. Most years, I’ve been too busy. This year, I would like to sign up for something new. Care to join me?