December 1, 2016 (Thursday)
Thursday of the First Week of Advent
Is 26:1-6 • Ps 118
Mt 7:21, 24-27
THE TRUE DISCIPLE
Jesus said to his disciples: 21“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.
24“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. 25The 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. 26And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand. 27The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”
LIKE A WISE MAN.
Jesus wants his disciples to be wise. In the Gospel, the wise man is a disciple who hears Jesus’ words and lives them. It is easy for a disciple to be listening and listening, but if he does not act on Jesus’ words, he is not wise. Doing Jesus’ words is concretizing and incarnating them. The words do not remain up in the air; they are not mere ideas but concrete realities. They can be sensed. Their effect is shown in improved attitude, behavior, and environment.
Jesus further explains with a parable. The wise man builds his house on rock, on solid and steady foundation. The house withstands storms. It is not swept away by strong flood currents. It will not collapse even when the earth quakes.
If we hear and act on Jesus’ words, our world will not easily crumble. We can maintain our poise and sanity in the face of rejection, betrayal, and crisis. If we listen to scripture readings and homilies and attend bible studies, but what we learn we do not apply and we do not change, we remain very vulnerable and prone to collapse and fall.