Faith can look like a lot of things. It can look like prayer, piety, or devotions. Please don’t get me wrong, those things are important; they can help us keep our hearts and minds focused on very central, internal things. But the acts of faith that resonate most with me are the ones that are focused outward. When we step outside of ourselves and do for others.
I kept thinking about this as St. Alban’s Parish hosted a funeral Mass and reception for a man who was not a member of our parish. So many parishioners gave of their time and their talents to make it run smoothly. So many helped a family they did not know bury their dead. This was faith in action; this was good works.
When I think about what I most like about this parish, about this faith, it is episodes like this funeral that fill my mind. It is the countless times and ways the parish throws open its doors to the faithful, the seeker, the doubter, and the stranger. It is our faith made action, our words made flesh.