Anchored in Christ

12.05

By Sem. Justin G. Gatus

I remember a good friend who shared with me her experience of a storm in her life. She was an active member of the youth ministry in her parish. She was also quite a character in the parish. There was one time that she felt betrayed by her co-leaders in the ministry. She expressed that it seemed that people were always turning their backs on her despite her doing and serving the ministry the best she could. Then, I invited her to look at herself and try to ask who is she serving. She went back to me and felt relieved when she was reminded that she is serving God through the office that she was holding.

Sometimes, we are like my friend who immediately gets shaken by these storms in their lives. There are moments when I feel frustrated and disheartened by the mistakes and failures that I commit. While it is healthy to acknowledge and dwell on these storms in our lives but what is important is that we embrace them and carry them as our stepping stones as we move on with our lives. But this is impossible without the help and the grace that only comes from God alone.

In our Gospel for today, Jesus is telling his disciples to imitate a wise man who builds his house on rock. He is also inviting us to always anchor our actions to Him by listening to His words. Sometimes whenever we forget Him—His love, mercy, and compassion towards us, we tend to build our houses on our own image of steady grounds. These steady grounds could collapse and ruin our houses if and when we are not completely founded in Christ. It is only when we know who we are in front of God that we become steady, calm, and resilient amidst the storms of life.

As we prepare for the coming of Christ, let us ask for the grace to always anchor ourselves in Christ, so that whatever storm life may give us, we will be standing strongly and securely founded in Christ’s love, mercy, and compassion.

THE GOSPEL TODAY

MT 7:21, 24-27

Jesus said to his disciples:
“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.

“Everyone who listens to 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 buffeted the house.
But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.
And everyone who listens to these words of mine
but does not act on them
will be like a fool who built his house on sand.
The rain fell, the floods came,
and the winds blew and buffeted the house.
And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”

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