June 27, 2013

The Gospel Today 

Thursday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time 

Mt. 7:21-29

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.
Many will say to me on that day,
‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name?
Did we not drive out demons in your name?
Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’
Then I will declare to them solemnly,
‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.’

“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.”

When Jesus finished these words,
the crowds were astonished at his teaching,
for he taught them as one having authority,
and not as their scribes.

Reflection (Sem. Jake Rovillos):

“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. What is the message of Jesus? It is not enough that we praise and worship God in our words and not in our deeds. Faith in words is vain if without action is empty.

If you will tune in your radio or your television set, you will find many pastors or evangelists who speak well about God. They can easily persuade people to their belief. And many claim that if you will join them in their sect, your soul will be saved. That’s how easy salvation is. If that is the case maybe many of us will opt to join and do such miserable things because salvation is just like a club membership. Avail now before the supply lasts, as they say.

In our Gospel, Jesus tells us a concrete way how to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Special skill in public speaking is not a pre-requisite. No special talent or intelligence is needed to follow God. It is just merely doing His will. It is just being obedient to His commandments. God gave Moses His ten commandments. But Jesus reiterated that God is just asking us to do one great commandment. What is the greatest commandment Lord? In other words of Christ it is “Hear O, Israel. Love God with all you heart, mind, soul and strength”. It is very clear that God tells us to love Him, only Him. But mind you, his first statement was “Hear O, Israel; Listen Israel”, the very first word of Christ. God tells us to listen to Him. Listening is the only way that we can hear the will of God. Knowing the will of God leads us to obedience that will bring us to eternal life in His Kingdom; Heaven.

This is the challenge of our Gospel, listening to God vividly. It is through listening that we commune with God. In our communion with God, may His radiance shine upon us in our words, thoughts and actions. Our faith doesn’t stop in knowing God, or speaking about God, it must be an incarnation of God’s word in our deeds. We are followers of the Son of God, brothers and sisters in Christ, adopted children of the Father.  We need to think, speak, and act according to our nature and being.

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