Gospel: Mt 7:21-29
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!’ “Therefore, anyone who hears these words of mine, and acts according to them, is like a wise man, who built his house on rock. The rain poured down, 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 collapse 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.
Anyone who hears these words of mine, and acts according to them, is like a wise man, who built his house on rock The Book of Kings retells the story of the exile of the Israelites to Babylon. The Israelites lost their promised land. How could they not reflect about God’s fidelity and promises to them? Or wonder whether their sinfulness caused their exile and enslavement? Whenever we suffer, we too search for God amidst the darkness. We too inquire into the cause of our suffering. In the Gospel, Jesus encourages us to build our house upon solid rock; that is, to anchor our lives upon our faithful God that we not be buffeted by the challenges of life.
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