June 23, Thursday, 12th Week in Ordinary Time
2Kings 24:8-17, Gospel: Matthew 7:21-29
Knowledge is power because it helps us figure out how to live in a way that ensures our future is safe.
This message of Jesus that we heard today is a call to realize that what counts is our inner life, heart, and actions. We can handle even the worst problems and storms if we live our best lives based on what he said.
t is not enough to proclaim our faith; we must act on it, especially in times of difficulty. Now, how do we know if our lives are being connected to the Word of God? When problems come into our lives, how do we confront them? For example, when all seems to have collapsed in this pandemic season, is our faith still grounded in God, or has it also collapsed?
To end up in heaven, we must do the "Will of His Father." We constantly hear this, and it appears simple, but how do we discern the Father's will? If we truly listen to the message of God, then we can build that inner foundation deep within us so that even if any problems come our way, nothing can destroy us because Jesus is with us.
But what bothers me is that many of us begin with a strong foundation, but tragedy strikes as life go on because of carelessness and not living the actual call of Christianity. If we are faithful only to God when we see blessings, but lose our faithfulness when we cannot see any benefits, then we stumble.
True faith perseveres through trials. Everyone who hears my words and does them is like a wise man who has built his house on a rock. The rain fell, the flood came, and the winds beat against that house, but it did not collapse because it had been founded on a rock.
The storm not only represents trials in general, but it also explicitly represents God’s final judgment.
Do I falter from the words of Jesus when trouble storms my life? Is the life I have now a product of the wisdom of God?
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