“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. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many deeds of power in your name?’ Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; go away from me, you evildoers.’
“Everyone then who hears 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 beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its fall!”
Now when Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.
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.
Jesus explains to his disciples the difference between speaking of God and doing the will of God. More importantly though, Jesus emphasizes that it is not enough to simply speak; one must practice what they preach. The man who builds his house on a rock is both listening to the words and acting on them. In God, we can find strength, stability, and security during storms, whether meteorological or not.
Are there times when you could have built on rock but instead opted for sand? How can you go out into the world this week while both proclaiming and practicing the Good News?
Love consists in sharing what one has and what one is with those one loves. Love ought to show itself in deeds more than in words.
—St. Ignatius of LoyolaPlease share the Good Word with your friends!