Mark 16:1-8 - Easter Sunday - March 31, 2013
God’s Words & Actions Speak Loudly
There’s a famous saying attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, who lived about 800 years ago, that says: “Preach the gospel always; if necessary, use words.” Now, people like to pretend that this is really profound, as though the true nature of the Gospel is seen in the things that we do rather than in the things that we say. But it is not profound. It sounds pretty clever, sure. But it’s really quite absurd. And we know that! Because the Gospel consists of words. They are God’s words. They tell us something. God’s words report His actions, and, in fact, it is God’s word itself that carry out His actions. God’s word actually accomplishes what He speaks.
They say that actions speak louder than words. Well, sure they do. This is true as far as we are concerned, but not with God. With us, when there’s a disconnect between what we say and do, we call it hypocrisy – like when someone says one thing and then does another. Or we might simply chalk it up to weakness – like when someone makes a promise to do something, but then lacks the strength to perform. But with God, neither of these is possible. First of all, because God cannot deny Himself or lie. Second of all, because God is almighty. It’s not possible for Him to say that He’ll do something and then find Himself unable to do it. He’s God. There is no dissonance or discrepancy between what God says and what God does.