On Today’s Gospel

Posted: December 2, 2021 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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You know what is sad? Most of us have built our houses on sand and we don’t even realise it! That is why we continue to cry our Lord, Lord but nothing seems to change or happen and we quietly blame all that has happened or is happening on the Lord our God. We think our prayers are being ignored and rightfully so!

For time after time we have taken shortcuts and taken our faith for granted. We have not fully reconciled with the Lord and our God and surrendered ourselves to His Holy Will for us. And so the Lord says this to us…..

“Rather, your iniquities have been barriers between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.” Is 59:2

Proverbs 15:8 “The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is his delight”. Psalm 24:3-4: “Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? Those who have clean hands and pure hearts, who do not lift up their souls to what is false, and do not swear deceitfully.”

So then in order for us to build our houses on our everlasting Rock, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; we must set our hearts and minds to be right with Him. To turn to Him with contrite hearts and to allow Him to heal us through the mercy of His grace so that we can once again hear His voice and unite our wills with His. Only then can we always know what the Will of God our Father is and we will eagerly seek to accomplish His Will for us with joy in our hearts. For we have built our houses on Rock! Amen

First reading

Isaiah 26:1-6 ·

Open the gates; let the upright nation come in

That day, this song will be sung in the land of Judah:

We have a strong city;

to guard us he has set

wall and rampart about us.

Open the gates! Let the upright nation come in,

she, the faithful one

whose mind is steadfast, who keeps the peace,

because she trusts in you.

Trust in the Lord for ever,

for the Lord is the everlasting Rock;

he has brought low those who lived high up

in the steep citadel;

he brings it down, brings it down to the ground,

flings it down in the dust:

the feet of the lowly, the footsteps of the poor

trample on it.

Gospel

Matthew 7:21,24-27

The wise man built his house on a rock

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. Therefore, 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!’

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