25th June

Today’s gospel (Matt 7:21-29) is noteworthy as it concludes the Sermon on the Mount, the inner core of Jesus’ teachings. It tells us in the strongest possible terms about the importance of being doers of God’s Word rather than being mere hearers. It also tells us about the certainty of challenges from all directions: the rains comes down from ABOVE, the floods from UNDERNEATH, and the winds from each SIDE. Yet if we persevere in faithfulness to the Word, we will win through to the end. As we say in the Our Father: ‘Thy Kingdom come, thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘It is not those who say to me, “Lord, Lord”, who will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the person who does the will of my Father in heaven. When the day comes many will say to me, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, cast out demons in your name, work many miracles in your name?” Then I shall tell them to their faces: I have never known you; away from me, you evil men!’

‘Tbuilding on rockherefore, everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on rock. Rain came down, floods rose, gales blew and hurled themselves against that house, and it did not fall: it was founded on rock. But everyone who listens to these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a stupid man who built his house on sand. Rain came down, floods rose, gales blew and struck that house, and it fell; and what a fall it had!’

Jesus had now finished what he wanted to say, and his teaching made a deep impression on the people because he taught them with authority, and not like their own scribes.

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