‘Whoever believes in Me will perform the same works as I do myself’

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‘Whoever believes in Me will perform the same works as I do myself’

By Patriarch Michel Sabbah

True faith, knowing Jesus Christ, is also more than simple knowledge and more than the ability to meet all challenges. Jesus Christ told his apostles and us: “Whoever believes in Me will perform the same works as I do myself and will perform even greater works." (Jn 14: 12)

The words of the tempter in the narration of the Creation, in the Book of Genesis, were: "If you eat from the forbidden tree, you will be like gods, knowing good from evil.” (cf. Genesis 3:5) Jesus is promising more. He tells us: if you believe, you will be closer to God. You will be able to do whatever I do myself and even more.

One may naturally ask: How do I reach this degree of faith? The way is clear and simple though it's a difficult way to follow and a “narrow gate” to go through. (Matthew 7:13; Luke 13) The way is the commandment of Love: Love God and love your neighbor. You may ask: How do I love God? If you love your neighbor you love God, and your faith will be complete. You may also ask: how do I love my neighbor? Loving your neighbor is not a question of feelings or emotions; it is an act of your will, a decision you take to do good to your neighbor. You love your neighbors if you do not wish them any evil, if you do not hurt them with your words or deeds, if you cooperate with him/her to heal him/her from any evil in him/her, even from a “political” evil. You love if you forgive, when forgiveness is required. You love him/her if you go searching for anyone who may be in any kind of need.

If you ask: who is my neighbor? Jesus Christ has already answered your question, in the parable of "The Good Samaritan." (Cf. Luke 10:25 sq) Who's your neighbor? Everyone, near and far, is your neighbor. Every human being, without discrimination, in terms of religion, nationalism or race, is your neighbor.

Every human being is to be loved and to be taken care of by you, because we are all God's children and equally loved by God. We love each other as God loves us.

Tue, 08/20/2019 - 11:53
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