Every man’s work shall be manifest; for the day of the Lord shall declare it, because it shall be revealed in fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work, of what sort it is. – 1 Corinthians 3:13

In order for virtue to be true, it must be tested. How can we say that we are humble, yet avoid those who test our humility? How can we say to have charity unless we love those who are most challenging to love? How can we say we are in control of some of our passions but not all of them? We have to be actively aware that the Lord is testing our works with fire. By His infinite mercy, He even allows the fire to test our works in this life, thereby giving us the opportunity to make amends! If we come to our Lord and find that there is no gold at all, is it not because we did not strive in this life to work for the gold which is everlasting? We are called constantly to grow in virtue through grace and the Lord provides ample room and guidance for this. Can we say we have faith in the Lord when all we want to do is to control every aspect of our lives? We get so bogged down with the minute details of our life and fail to let go even the smallest things to God. You have no faith unless it is tested and faith is tested in the uncertainty of darkness. For unless we have faith that is rooted in the spirit and not in the flesh, then we have no faith in the Jesus Christ but in ourselves. Faith in oneself leads to death but faith in Jesus Christ leads to everlasting life.

This is not easy but it is a matter of putting into practice the teachings of Christ. The Law was of no use to a Jew who had no faith for he is destroyed by the Law! But faith in Jesus Christ does save, it relieves us of the curse of the law as St. Paul teaches:

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law… – Galatians 3:13

Seek the hardest path, don’t trod on the comfortable road. Be tested and grow in true virtue. This is very hard for us all but when we meet the Lord to present Him our works, let us pray that there is an ounce of gold left standing so that we may have life!

This is doable only by grace and all through the one who died for us.

Blessed Mother, pray for us!

JM