Thursday, 23rd June 2016
Not everyone who says to me, `Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?' And then will I declare to them, `I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers.' "Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.
Reflection: We come today to the final reading from the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus spells out the essential quality of the true disciple. It is not enough to keep saying "Lord, Lord…" That by itself will not bring a person under the kingship of God. The true disciple is someone who is totally united to God in heart, soul and mind. Such a person is one who listens to Jesus’ words and carries them out. Listening here means a number of things:
- To pay attention to what Jesus is saying to us; to listen with attentiveness.
- To understand what is being said. It is possible to listen without understanding.
- To accept fully and to assimilate into one’s being what one understands. It is possible to hear clearly, to understand clearly but not to accept or assimilate. Children do that all the time!
- When we have fully assimilated as part of our own thinking what we have heard and understood, we will naturally act accordingly. It is only when all this becomes a reality in our lives that we can say we are truly disciples of Jesus and, as he says, that is the only sure foundation on which to build our lives. (Living space)
Prayer: Lord God, give me the wisdom, foresight, and strength of character I need to do what is right and good and to reject whatever is false and contrary to your will and may I be a doer of your word and not a hearer only. Amen.