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. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not speak in your name? Did we not cast out devils and perform many miracles in your name?’. Then I will tell them openly: ‘I have never known you; away from me, you evil people!’.
»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!».
When Jesus had finished this discourse, the crowds were struck by the way he taught, because he taught with authority unlike their teachers of the Law.
We have learned that there is a need to profess our faith and act upon it. What is important is not in doing, rather in being. This being is like a system of water fall, where the water falls without any difficulty and this will continue for an eternity. If we give more importance in doing (speaking and acting), then, it resembles like fixing a motor to elevate the water and makes it as if there is a water fall. Jesus is inviting us to be natural and true in our being than showing ourselves before people, as if we are good. By consequence, since our being is not in God, and our thinking and doing are not filled with love and charity, to have a good fruit we need many conditions.
This being in God is possible, only if we build our house on a rocky land, particularly in love and charity. If our life is filled with compassion, then we allow God to work in us and all that we do will become divine. There, even if people oppose to us, we will continue to do good, (as a water fall), because God gives us the water and we are there only to carry it or allow it to have a free flow. By consequence, since our being is in God, whatever may be the condition, in love and charity, we continue to execute the divine will and be able to withstand any difficult moment of life, even death.
Action of the day: Be a person of compassion and love.
«Not everyone who says to me: ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven»
Fr. Joan Pere PULIDO i Gutiérrez
(Sant Feliu de Llobregat, Spain)
Today, Jesus' categorical claim strikes us: «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» (Mt 7:21). If nothing else, these words demand, in our condition as Christians, our responsibility while letting us feel the urge to bear witness to our faith.
Building the house on rock is a clear image that invites us to value our commitment to our faith, which cannot be limited to just a few nice words, but must be based on the authority of our achievements, impregnated with charity. In June, the Church remembers young St. Pelayo's life who, rather than giving up his faith, preferred to be executed by the moors in a most tortuous manner. St. Bernard, while recalling St. Pelayo's life, tells us in his treatise on customs and duties of bishops: «No matter how beautiful it may be, chastity is of no value and merit without charity. Purity without love is like an oil-candle with no oil; but wisdom claims: how beautiful wisdom is with love! With that love the Apostle explains to us: emanating from a pure heart, a straight conscience and a sincere faith».
With the strength of charity, Jesus expresses his authority with the clear word that dumbfounds people: «The crowds were struck by the way he taught, because he taught with authority unlike their teachers of the Law» (Mt 7:28-29). Today's contemplation and our prayer, must be followed by a serious consideration: how do I speak and behave like a Christian in my life?; how do I define my testimony?; how do I undertake the commandment of love in my life, whether personal, family, professional, etc.? Words and prayers without any commitment do not count, but only our desire to live in accordance with God's Project. Our prayer should always be an expression of our craving for doing good deeds along with a request for help, because we recognize our own failings.
Let our prayer, O Lord, to be always joined by the strength of charity.