We have a saying that actions speak louder than words. More often than not this statement is correct. Words are cheap, but actions require sincerity.
The Israelites were called time and time again to respond to God in worship and love. God didn’t merely tell the people of his affection for them; he demonstrated that affection by means of all the wonderful things he accomplished for them.
What is true of the Old Testament era is also true of the New. In the gospel Our Lord gives us a formula of Christian living: the taking up of the Cross and following him. And these are not hollow words; they are backed up by his actions. Our Lord himself not only took up the Cross; he died on it. That was the greatest act of love the world has ever seen.
When we meditate upon this we should be willing, even eager, to respond in kind. Can we ever think that the price of discipleship is too high, or that it’s too much for us to accept the Cross we carry on our own shoulders? We shouldn’t think so if we really appreciate what Christ has done for us.
St. Paul tells us that love calls out for love, not a love expressed only in cheap words but in precious actions. The measure of our love is found in how willing we are to accept whatever trials or frustrations come our way. We all want our words of acceptance to be sincere, but there will be no doubt about sincerity if our actions are generous.