MATTHEW: 7: 21-29 GOSPEL READING AND REFLECTION (JUNE 25, 2020)

Not everyone who says to me, “Lord! Lord! will enter the kingdom of heaven, but  the one who  does the will of  my heavenly Father.  Many will say  to me on that day, Lord, Lord, did we not speak in your name? Did we not cast out devils and perform many miracles in your name?’ Then I will tell them openly, ‘ I have never known you;  away from me, you evil people!’ “Therefore, anyone who  hears these words of mine, and acts according to them, is like a wise man, who built his house on rock, The rain poured down, the rivers flooded, and the wind blew and struck that house.  But it did not collapse, because it was built on rock, But anyone who hears these words of mine, and does not act accordingly, is like a fool who built his house on sand, The rain poured, the rivers flooded, and the wind blew and struck that house; it collapsed, and what a terrible collapse that was!” When Jesus had finished this discourse, the crowds were struck by the way he taught, because he taught with authority, unlike their teachers of the law.

POINTS OF REFLECTION

According to St. James, “Show me your the faith without work and I will show you my faith with work.” Brothers and sisters, word is powerful when it hails from the Bible for it is no ordinary word but the word of the Lord.

Word in the human context is usually cheap. It may sounds good but most of the time not because many of these words may not translate into appropriate actions that produces a positive change of a person. Furthermore, spoken words stir up various feelings and emotions but it will remain less in value not until these words  boil down into concrete action and meaningful change into ourselves.

Faith is an imprint of the words from the Bible which gradually shaped our hearts into becoming faithful to the Lord by following the ways of Jesus as the gateway of salvation.

Finally, word in the human context is cheap but the word of the Lord is powerful like a double edged sword that could create a cut in our person being undesirable to Him and to the fellow Christians.

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