I follow my faith as best as I can. I do sin and I confess when I can and try not to. I consider myself very accepting, very open minded to others and generally nice.
However I hear numerous quotes from the bible expressing works of faith important. I do believe that. And I do good things when presented to me for the most part. I do have my faults like anyone else and falter and I acknowledge that. However I’m 20 years old and I’m in college. I find myself very caught up in my life and my studies as an engineering student (really rigorous) and really busy during the week. After college I know i’ll most likely be working a job 40 hours a week and devote the rest to social mattes or personal hobbies. I do spend sundays at mass and read catholic books every now and then for leisure to grow in my faith. I consider myself an ordinary guy. I go to mass every sunday and that is never a problem (maybe 5 times a year it is for legit reasons)
I am currently active in the local catholic club at my university, I help out when I can, I am not doing it just for works. I like meeting people of the similar faith and values and joining social events.
When I hear numerous quotes especially this one
" When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life" (Matthew 25:31-46).
I worry I’ll be condemned because I wasn’t able to do such charitable things that much. I have done similar work for the homeless during confirmation class in High School but haven’t really since then. Am I in serious sin by this alone?
I personally don’t think so but I just thought I’d ask to be sure.
*** this also sort of stems into the faith vs. works argument that protestants bring up. **