Posted by: livingscripture | December 4, 2014

First Thursday in Advent

From the Word of the Day

“Only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.  Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his home on rock.”

 (Mt 7:21-24)     

How should we live this Word house-built-on-rock

God’s goodness warns us against the illusion that it is enough to breathe the Lord’s name or say some prayers in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.  Rather, we must practice His teachings and do the will of the heavenly Father.  Our life must be seriously committed to live the Gospel message coherently.  In a word, we must imitate Jesus.  This is the only way for our house to be solidly founded on the rock.

Even when there are times of discomfort, of delusion, of suffering, we must not fear.  In the face of the inevitable trials of life, of temptations, we can cling to the living rock that is Christ, the faithful witness of the Father.  All that is superfluous may crumble around us, all that is empty appearance, but the essential remains: love and trust in God.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will renew my fidelity to Jesus and ask Him to help me to do His Father’s will each moment. 

O Lord, help me to build day by day, a house founded on the rock that resists the fury of the tempests and that will be a light house for Christian witness. 

The voice of Joseph Moscati, Saint and Doctor

Whatever the events are, remember two things: God never abandons anyone.  When you feel alone, overlooked, slandered, misunderstood, and the closer you are to succumbing under the weight of grave injustice, you will have the sensation of an arcane infinite power that sustains you, that makes you capable of good and virile resolutions.  You will marvel at its power when you are serene again.  This is the Power of God!


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