Jesus said to his disciples, “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”.
“Everyone who listens to 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 buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock. And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”
No one wishes to be in the midst of storms or hurricanes. We wish a peaceful and serein moments of life. However, we should never forget that the boat is neither meant to be at the harbour, nor the car to be in the garage. A static life is not a Christian life. God wishes us that we keep moving, as pilgrims, towards the holiness, in the midst of stormy weather.
Very often, in the face of life's troubles, we become exhausted and blame the Lord for having granted us or allowed us to be in such a situation. However, these are the important moments in life, which form and reform us, so that we discover the depth of our faith and may the world discovers through our daily life, the power of faith.
The parable of the house built on the rock, for me personally, it represents the deep relationship that we should have with the Lord, our rock, on whom every baptized is invited to lean. Thus, if it is done, in faith we could say with certainty that the Lord is our Shepherd, and we lack nothing. But the question is that man learns to listen to His Word and has the courage to put it into practice. It is here that he will discover, how God protects him and guides him.
Why doesn't man listen to and put His Word into practice? We do not listen to it because we do not love God and we do not put it into practice because we do not trust. That is why man seeks the wide door that is easy to pass and chooses in his ignorance the sandy ground to build his house. And you, how do you translate the house, and the rock, in your daily life?
Action of the day: Trust the Lord.
“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 out of the way”. 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.