Posted by: livingscripture | December 3, 2015

First Thursday of Advent

From the Word of the Day

“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.”     

(Matthew 7: 21-25)

How should we live this Wordhouse on sand

 Jesus gives us a very concrete lesson in today’s Gospel.  In fact, He tells us that He is not content with our babbling and with our pious intentions.  Saying, ‘Lord, Lord’, is not enough to enter the Kingdom of God.  We must do His Father’s will.  It is not enough to listen to the Word or even to pray!  What is truly necessary is to ‘do’.  We must put the Word of Jesus into practice.  When His Word is received in our depths, it becomes the foundation on which our Christian life is built because it alone is our solid base, our rock.  Then our ‘house’ will be built on solid rock.  The rock is not my will, not my work, not my busyness.  The only rock is the Word of God.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ponder that Advent highlights the mystery of the Incarnation of the Word made flesh.  The Word asks to become flesh in my life.

Jesus, become incarnate in my life so that Your Word may live and work in me.

 The Voice of Didache, Ancient Patristic Text

 Your Word (Logos) will never be untrue or empty, but full of concreteness (action).

 

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