Posted by: livingscripture | June 25, 2015

Twelfth Thursday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“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.”     (Matthew 7: 24-25)

How should we live this Wordhouse on sand

 Jesus ends His Discourse on the Mountain with the two short parables of the house built on rock and the house built on sand.  Jesus here takes on the attitude of the Teacher who wants to proclaim with the utmost clarity, the fundamental law of His catechetical and educational method, which is the correspondence between saying and doing; between faith and life.  It is not enough to listen to the Word of Jesus.  We must do it, as the Greek text translates it.

We must be diffident of an intellectual concept of the faith that often ends with listening to Jesus’ Words and repeating them, but without letting them penetrate deeply into our heart and then into our daily life.  We can make reference to a good study of this truth through D. Bonheoffer cited below.  He was a great Lutheran theologian who was assassinated at Flossenburg Concentration Camp seventy years ago.  He pauses on the affirmation that he justly calls, ‘grace at a dear price’ that is, ‘the grace that costs your life’.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask myself  if and how I live Jesus’ Word in my daily life.

Lord give Your people the grace to live in veneration and love for Your holy Name so that we may never be deprived of Your guidance as we build our life on the Rock of Your Love.

 The Voice of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Lutheran Theologian

Grace at a good price is the mortal enemy of our Church.  Today we fight for the grace at a dear price.  Grace at a good price is grace without following Christ, without the Cross, without the living and incarnate Christ.  Grace at a dear price is the Gospel that we must continue to seek; the gift that we must again ask for; the door that we must always knock on.  It is at a dear price because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ.  It is at a dear price because we acquire it at the price of our life.

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