Wednesday 4 November 2015

Thursday of 12th Week of O.T., uneven- numbered year Jeudi de la 12e semaine, T.O. année impaire

“It is not anyone who says to me ’Lord, Lord’ who will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but the person who does the will of my Father in heaven.”

Gn. 13, 1-12 Ps. 105 Mt. 7, 21-29

THURSDAY of 12th WEEK, O.T., uneven-numbered year

“When the day comes many will say to me, ’Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, drive out demons in your name, work many miracles in your name? ’Then I shall tell them to their faces, ’ I have never known you, Away from me, all evil doers!”

As Jesus concludes his speech on the Sermon on the mountain, he invites us to understand what the type of belonging to God’s Kingdom consists of : ’ It ’s not those who talked about me who belong to God’s Kingdom“. Jesus illustrates his remarks with the house built on the rock or on the sand. These two words mean the same thing. It is a question about knowing if we take hold of the Kingdom of God by using the name of the Lord or if, on the contrary, we are unable to take hold of the Kingdom of God, or rather if it is we who are taken hold of by God’s Kingdom. Faced with these words of Jesus, we ask that the Holy Spirit be given to us so, that we are in God’s Truth. We enter into Christ’s Mystery through baptism, thus becoming the beloved child of the Father, and brothers and sisters who love each other. Through baptism we live from the Holy Spirt, from the same Life as Jesus, being introduced into the Truth of his teaching. For Jesus taught them as a man who has authority and not like their scribes. So as not to commit evil we understand that we really need a true relationship of love with God.”Therefore everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on rock.Rain came down, floods rose, gales blew and hurled themselves against that house, and it did not fall, it was founded on rock."

There is no point in taking hold of any kind of religious content, religious behaviour,or a religious view of the world. If we were to consider that Christian life were a sort of taking hold of the Kingdom, it would be going against its true meaning. Christian existence is ’to live for the Kingdom’, founded on the Kingdom,

disowning one self in a radical manner, made possible because of the first movement of grace that was the Cross of Jesus. Jesus, who comes from the Father, is the only One who knows how to speak of God and of men. The feast of John the Baptist has manifested to us how far Jesus’ witness goes we now know that there is no other truth than a life of love and truth : ’Therefore everyone who listens to these words and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on rock.“Heaven and earth come together in Jesus, the One sent by God, says the Scriptures. In the wake of Jesus, the Apostles will bear witness by giving their life also, manifesting that Jesus is the Messiah, the One who was to come.”But everyone who listens to these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a stupid man who built his house on sand. Rain came down, floods rose, gales blew and struck that house, and it fell; and what a fall it had!“The house stands only because it is built on the rock. The smaller rock exists and the house leans on the big rock. If the house wanted to justify itself and by itself it would be a house built upon sand that would have made the most of the reality God offered us, to make it our own, recuperating it. It is a kind of repeat of original sin. Jesus explains to us that we are to be founded upon a rock, so as to know that all of our existence, all of our life depends only upon this foundation on the Rock. To love means that we leave place for another person and we enter into the freedom of God’s children. Jesus announces that all of man’s relentless craving for the first place leads to failure, like the house that comes crumbling down. Jesus, since He comes from God, knows who God is and who mankind is. God’s language enlightens the language of men. It is Jesus who joins them together as He is Mediator of the Father. It is through the little way of childhood that we become a beloved child of the Father!”He really must grow and I must diminish"- this is the language of love.

Let us ask Jesus the grace that we allow ourselves to be formed by God’s Word and to really place this Word in our lives.