“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 then who hears 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 beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its fall!”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation
The essence and substance of Jesus’ words were never meant to be purely thought-provoking or philosophical. His words are a guide to action, an example of how we should live our lives in service and compassion for others. While we are all familiar with the teachings and tenets of Christ, how many of us truly build a solid foundation of faith by acting daily on his call to love as he loved? It is easy to build the house on sand, to simply listen and acknowledge the reflections of Christ. It is more of a challenge to consistently act upon them. When we live the words of Jesus rather than just listen to them, we are building ourselves up as well, fortifying our spirits to withstand whatever trials may besiege us. We become a fortress, a foundation built upon the Word of God.
Today is the Feast of St. Francis Xavier, SJ, a companion of St. Ignatius. Francis epitomized the calling to act on Jesus’ words by spending much of his ministry in mission work, spreading the Gospel and helping those in need. Each day brings us new opportunities to do the same.
inspired by the example of St. Francis,
we pray to you for the courage to be missionaries,
reaching out and leading others to Jesus.
Like St. Francis, may we help those in need,
May we live a life rooted in prayer, and may we bring Christ to all those we meet.