Posted: 26 Jun 2013 06:30 AM PDT
Today’s Gospel Text: “Not every one 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. 22 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?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers.’ 24 “Every one then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock; 25 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. 26 And every one who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand; 27 and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it.” 28 And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, 29 for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes. Matt 7:21-29
Reflection: Wish it was that easy to know and do the will of the Father.
How easy it really is to know the will of the Father that we can live as good Christians? People often struggle to know it.
You ask a man on the street and you will have some attempts made to answer it; either they will talk about doing good or loving one another and loving their neighbor, or talk about kindness, etc.
Does these kind of activities fit in with God’s will or is God’s will something more than these things?
These activities may fit in with God’s will but they are not primarily his will.
If we miss out on the primary aspect of God’s will then we could miss out on all the other aspect of God’s will and may even go astray, some even earnestly out of goodwill.
The primary aspect of doing God’s will is to do the work of God and this is brought out by John’s gospel as thus, when the people asked him; “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” John 6:28
And Jesus’ reply was:”This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” John 6:29
This above explicit will of God is not just a Johanine revelation but is well brought out by the synoptic too and it is well attested with the voice of the Father saying: “ “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” Luke 9:35 (also Mt. 17:5; Mk. 9: 7)
From the above text it is evident that once the primary aspect of God’s will is accepted then we are moving on the secondary path of truth, otherwise we are moving on the path falsity.
From this primary truth we need to move on to the secondary and so on, with the divine grace and gifts to assist us, whether these gifts be the church or the sacraments or the sacramental’s they are there for our salvation.
Prayer: Lord, I believe that you send Jesus your son as our savior and redeemer so that we may listen to his word and live by it, even unto eternity.
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