No good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit;for each tree is known by its own fruit. Figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good, and the evil person out of evil treasure produces evil; for it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks. “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I tell you? I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, hears my words, and acts on them.
That one is like a man building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when a flood arose, the river burst against that house but could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not act is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the river burst against it, immediately it fell, and great was the ruin of that house.
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. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation
Did you ever have a conversation with a construction worker? Learning what it takes to build a solid “house on rock”—able to withstand floods, tremors, and raging fires—is quite a challenge. Then comes the human interaction with electricians and plumbers, roofers, painters, and tech support folks. It’s all quite a balancing act, both technical and human.
This September Saturday, as I look back on the week just ended and the one to come, how am I constructing, reinforcing, repairing the building of my personal, family, and/or spiritual life? What
does my spiritual construction company look like? No doubt the building will proceed more smoothly if Mary and Jesus and my favorite saints are on the payroll.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners,
now and at the our of our death. Amen.