Lent 1 - Year C
Three key phrases to attend to:
word of faith
confess with your lips
Word of faith - an external eternal.
Confess with your lips - offer assent for assurance.
Believe - trust there is no advantage to be gained and all are equal before G*D
Our words of faith are incompatible with their words of faith. Battle lines are drawn and friendships quartered over the difference of one little word. So was Eastern Christianity divided from Western and is every schism justified.
Confession with our lips tempts us claim form takes precedence over function. These are never order-able, but always interactive. Here is the beginning of hypocrisy that cannot see itself.
Believing is action based on trust in a wholeness between intention and implementation. To do anything other than both is to deny our earthly and earthy dustiness as well as our heavenly image dwelling within and through us.