Jesus said to his disciples, «Not everyone who says to me: Lord! Lord! will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my heavenly Father.
»So, then, anyone who hears these words of mine and acts accordingly is like a wise man, who built his house on rock. The rain poured, the rivers flooded, and the wind blew and struck that house, but it did not collapse because it was built on rock. But anyone who hears these words of mine and does not act accordingly, is like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain poured, the rivers flooded, and the wind blew and struck that house; it collapsed, and what a terrible fall that was!».
The desire and the act are totally different. Very often, it’s a pleasure to hear, listen and understand. However, when it is the question of practicing what is understood, then we need more energy and courage.
When it is the question of divine realities, understanding of divine thinking and will, it is beyond our capacity to engage. However, Jesus makes things easy for us. Just listen to Him and put what He says in practice. This simple application of what Jesus has said, will certainly help us to be in line with divine will.
The only and important teaching of Jesus is ‘love’. We can easily summarize all the commandments of the Lord, in loving God and our brothers and sisters. It is in this radical application of human love in a divine way, that we will be able to accomplish the divine will. Thus, we get an opportunity to get associated to God and to His Kingdom.
All may be able to do the same act. However, in a troubled moment of life, only those who are motivated by the divine love, and only those who are in love with God, will be able to remain strong and produce necessary fruits. The rock represent for us, the Faith, which is expressed narrowly in our love relationship. "The rain poured, the rivers flooded, and the wind blew", they represent not only the world outside of us, but also essentially our jealous, selfishness, revenge, etc.
«Not everyone who says to me: Lord! Lord! will enter the kingdom of heaven»
Fr. Jean-Charles TISSOT
Today, the Lord pronounced these words at the end of His "Sermon on the Mount" where He bestows a new and deeper meaning to the Commandments of the Old Testament, the "words" of God to men. He talks as the Son of God, and as such, He demands us “to receive what I say to you”, as very significant words: words of eternal life which must be put into practice, and not only to be heard - with the risk of forgetting them or just be satisfied admiring them or admiring their author - but without any personal involvement.
«To build a house on sand» (cf. Mt 7:26) is an image to describe a foolish behavior that leads us nowhere and ends up in a failure in life, after a long and painful effort to build up something. “Bene curris, sed extra viam", said St. Augustine, which we could translate as: “you run well, but you are out of the approved path”. What a shame reaching just there: the time of trial, of the storms and floods that inevitably fill up our life!
The Lord wants to teach us how to set up a solid groundwork, the base of which originates in our effort to act according to His teachings, living by them every day in the midst of small problems He will try to direct. Thus, our daily resolutions to live by Christ’s teachings must end up in tangible results, which despite not being definitive, can still allow us to achieve out of them joy and gratitude at night, at the time of examining our conscience. The joy of having achieved a small victory over ourselves is a preparation for other battles, and the strength will not fail us - with the grace of God — to persevere until the end.