We can understand the virtuous through their works
John 10:31-42. Believe the works
Because our understanding is limited, we need evidence. The evidence of the virtuous and the virtuosos is in their works or their body of work. In a sense, faith enters when we acknowledge the limits of our reason, but it does not mean that we abandon reason altogether.
Jesus has consistently tried to demonstrate evidences and signs, and it is comforting to know that He does not require blind obedience. He invites us to look at His works and conclude for ourselves.
When a person claims “I am virtuous”, that person could be seen as boastful if the claim is not supported by facts. When a person claims “I am not virtuous” but in fact he does have the body of work to support his claim, he could be seen as being falsely humble, understating the grace God has given him.
Thus, an interesting challenge of authenticity is to have a very sober understanding of one’s body of work. Both pride and false humility are sins; thus, it is imperative for a person to reflect and discern continuously, to examine one’s life through one’s deeds.
[DAILY GOSPEL INSIGHTS AND REFLECTION FOR MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION 98: APRIL 8, 2022]