THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE CALL TO HOLINESS
THE BIBLE - 2
Today’s gospel: Matthew 7:21-29
There are many supposed-to-be Christians who may not make
it to heaven. Among them are those who die when they are nominal,
lapsed, fallen away, living lives of serious sin, embracive
of the culture of death, dissidents from the Church Magisterium,
assaulting holy Mother Church, etc. So as Jesus says, “Not
everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter
the kingdom of heaven” (v.21a).
would include even those who serve Christ and the Church,
and serve even in spectacular ways. They think they are assured
of eternal life, but they will be surprised on the day of
judgment. “Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord,
Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out
demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’
Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew
you. Depart from me, you evildoers.’” (v.22-23).
then must we do to gain eternal life? We must live lives of
holiness. And what does that entail? How do we get there?
As Jesus says, the one who will enter is “only the one
who does the will of my Father in heaven.” (v.21b).
how do we know the will of the Father? It is all there in
Jesus’ teachings and the rest of the Bible (and also
in Church teachings). To be holy is to be like Christ, to
be founded on the Rock that is Christ. To know the will of
the Father is to read, meditate on and study the words of
Christ in the gospels and the words of God in the whole Bible.
“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts
on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.”
face many challenges to the Christian life, and even more
in our quest for holiness. There are the world, the flesh
and the devil, all conspiring to bring us down. And right
now there is a tsunami of evil over the whole world. How can
we survive, and even thrive? We build on rock, that is, on
Christ and God’s word. “The 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.” (v.25).
we are talking about holiness. Most Catholics do not even
know or read the Bible, and are not even aware of or doing
anything about the call to holiness. But reading is one thing,
getting into the Bible is another. This is why our Live the
Word ministry, getting Catholics to do Liturgical Bible Study
(LBS), is so crucial. At the end of the LBS, we have the word
of life (the hibla). We then take that word into
our daily lives, and strive to live it. Otherwise, we may
be reading the Bible, but that still will not bring us to
holiness and to heaven. We would still be greatly at risk
in the world. We would be given false security in technically
living out our covenant to read the Bible every day. “And
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. The
rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted
the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”
the Bible prayerfully daily, meditate on God’s words
in your quiet time, study what Jesus himself and other authentic
Church leaders teach, and apply what the Spirit tells you
to your day-to-day lives. I assure you, you will be well on
your way to holiness, and to heaven, as you sit at the feet
of Jesus together with the crowds. “When Jesus finished
these words, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for
he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.”
to Jesus himself, and go to his words in the Bible. You will
be amazed. And you will be able to know the will of the Father.
Holiness will not be far behind. Heaven will be within reach.