“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many deeds of power in your name?’
Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; go away from me, you evildoers.’ “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock.
And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its fall!” Now when Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
The first thing that resonated with me after reading today’s gospel reading was the “practical” message that Jesus gave to his disciples about where to build a house. On top of being practical, his instructions seem very simple and easy to follow.
When we place this message within our current world context the core of Jesus’ message would be to listen and act upon God’s word. At times of despair and rushed action, this may seem like the least practical thing to do. In events that may lead us to feeling abandoned or forgotten by God, hearing that voice may be anything but simple. Let us remember, though, that God’s voice is always present, and God’s message of love, comfort and peace will always prevail – even when rain falls and floods come. Let us continue to hold in our hearts those impacted by the recent events in Orlando.
—Mark Joseph Ehrbar is Co-Director of Music at Gesu Church, University Heights, OH.
Life-giving God, thank you for sending your son, Jesus, to guide my daily living. Help me to trust you and to build my life today on the rock of your Word and the life of your Sacraments. May I walk always in your good grace. Amen.
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