Let’s move off immigration and into a more general approach to the Christian life. For the next few days, and with the assistance of a few saints, we will examine “The worship most acceptable to God.”
104. We may think that we give glory to God only by our worship and prayer, or simply by following certain ethical norms. It is true that the primacy belongs to our relationship with God, but we cannot forget that the ultimate criterion on which our lives will be judged is what we have done for others. Prayer is most precious, for it nourishes a daily commitment to love. Our worship becomes pleasing to God when we devote ourselves to living generously, and allow God’s gift, granted in prayer, to be shown in our concern for our brothers and sisters.
Pope Francis is well aware that the majority of people–by far, a majority–who aspire to holiness are already praying, and aspiring to virtue. The moment that confronts is not unlike Jesus’ invitation to go deeper. That invitation was offered to the rich young man. Jesus looked deeply and knew what next step was needed. For many of us, we need the counterbalance to contemplation: action.