December 5, 2013

The Gospel Today 

Thursday of the First Week of Advent

Matthew 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.”

Reflection (Sem. Mark Ian V. Abu):

     In today’s Gospel, Jesus is inviting us to be true witnesses of His words; that is being good listeners and doers of the Word of God. This is how to be a disciple of Jesus. It is very clear to Jesus that following the will of the Father is the most important thing to do. He knows very well that He was sent to the world in order to fulfill the will of His Father in heaven and it is through this will that we are striving to be faithful disciples of Jesus.

     The whole life of Jesus here on earth was a faithful witnessing to that love that He shares with His Father and which emanates through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. This love is what Jesus offers when He calls us to be His followers. A love that is ready to witness to the truth by the way we listen and act on the Word of God. A love that is willing to sacrifice for the good of others. Our modern world offers many things that would distract us from being faithful witnesses of this great love. People nowadays focus their attention to what will give personal satisfactions. We are becoming engrossed with the lifestyle that answers only our personal longings and ambitions. Moreover, we are normally preoccupied by the things that will make us rich and popular. But these are not the characteristics of being a witness of the Word. The Gospel reminds us that, as followers of Christ, we should be persons of integrity and strive not to have dichotomy in us. We should hear the Word and do it. Furthermore, we must proclaim Jesus as Lord and obey the will of the Father.

     Let us pray to God that as we prepare for the birth of His Son in our hearts, we may able to build our house -the foundation of our faith- on rock and not on sand so that at the end of our pilgrimage here on earth we may reach the Kingdom of Heaven which Jesus promised to those who will hear the Word and will act on it.

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