Advent 1 – Thursday

Matt 7:21, 24-27

The True Disciple

OPTION 1: Jesus in today’s gospel passage speaks about two builders. One builds his house upon the solid rock while the other builds his house on sand. Jesus praises the one who builds his house on rock. And what is this rock? The rock is of course Himself and His teachings, His words, His life and His examples. But listening to His word or by merely reading it is not enough, what is required also which is equally important with reading, is acting.

The “house”, Fr. Domie Guzman SSP commented, as Jesus uses it in the gospel might as well then represent our life and all our life projects. In relation to this project, Jesus does not simply want to be the roof (one that shades from sun and rain). Jesus does not simply want to be a wall (one that secures from outside forces). Jesus does not simply want to be a door or a window (one that offers a way out, an escape). Jesus wants to be the rock – the bedrock, the one that supports all.

But also he adds that listening to His word or by merely reading it is not enough, what is required also which is equally important with reading, is acting. In the beginning of this gospel passage Jesus says: “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,” (v. 21). In this statement of Jesus, He is most probably saying to us that entrance into the kingdom is only for those who do the will of the Father.

A concrete example of acting as equally important with reading is this story I read from a published homily that one time during Mass, the priest asked his congregation, “What is the most important place in the Church?” “The altar,” one answer came, “because that is where the bread and wine are consecrated into the Body and Blood of Christ.” Another said, “the lectern, because that is where the Word is proclaimed and the homily is delivered.” After hearing other responses, the priest finally said, “Yes, the altar and the lectern are important but the most important of the Church is the exit door.” A surprised silence followed. Then the priest continued, “The exit door is the most important because unless you live out what and who you have received in the Mass, everything will be in vain.”

In other words, the kind of Christianity that we need today is not only a Sanctuary Christianity but a Marketplace Christianity.

See Today’s Readings:   Year I,   Year II

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