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Matthew 7:21, 24-27

Jesus said to the people, 'Not everyone who says to me, "Lord, Lord", will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only 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!' 

Matthew 7:21, 24-27
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    • We all know that actions speak louder than words. We are told here that our eternal life depends upon our ability to act according to God’s will. It is a stark message, but it is reassuring to know that our true efforts will reap their own rewards.
    • I am challenged by Jesus to take time daily to reflect and discern the Father’s will. Otherwise I will live a shallow life that will not survive the floods and storms of life.
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    • This gospel comes towards the end of the Sermon on the Mount, described by American President Thomas Jefferson as ‘the most sublime and benevolent code of morals which has ever been offered’. Jesus reminds us that it is not enough to hear the word of God; we must put it into practice.
    • The houses built by the wise and foolish persons probably looked very similar. The difference was in the foundations, but that was only revealed when a storm came. Do I relate to the foolish builder who takes short cuts for quick results? Or to the wise builder who is content to spend time in digging hidden but secure foundations?
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    • St Ignatius remarks that love is found in deeds rather than in words. Jesus praises good deeds over good intentions that are not carried out. I pray to be like a good servant who does the work assigned me by God.
    • It is comforting in troubled situations to remember that God is rock solid. He is totally dependable and his words will always help me. I ask for grace always to trust in God no matter what may fall apart.
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    • Hearing or reading the Word is important, but is not the end. I take time to let the Word of God settle into the shape of my life. I take care not to let it merely stay in my mind, but to let it touch my heart and desires. I ask God to help me be present to the Word.
    • My words are part of my response to God but I realise that it is not just the saying of words that is important. I ask for sincerity and integrity, that my words not remain sounds but that they be backed up by my way of living.
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    • Hearing or reading the Word is important, but is not the end. I take time to let the Word of God settle into the shape of my life. I take care not to let it merely stay in my mind, but to let it touch my heart and desires. I ask God to help me be present to the Word.
    • My words are part of my response to God but I realise that it is not just the saying of words that is important. I ask for sincerity and integrity, that my words not remain sounds but that they be backed up by my way of living.