THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2013
BUILDING ON ROCK
Today’s gospel: Matthew 7:21-27
We are called to BE.LI.EV.E! We are to BE
a friend of Jesus, LIve the way of Jesus,
and EVangelize in the name of Jesus. This
is the way we can Enter into eternal life.
We are to meet Christ, live Christ, and share Christ.
there are many Christians in the world, over two billion of
them. They do say that Jesus is their Lord. But are they true
Christians who will make it to heaven? Unfortunately many
are not and so will not. Jesus himself avers, “Not everyone
who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom
of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father
in heaven.” (Mt 7:21).
are those Christians who say “Lord, Lord” but
do not do God’s will?
They are Christians who do not live righteous lives, who
are of the world and of the flesh.
are Catholics who do not go regularly to Sunday Mass.
are Catholic legislators, university professors and theologians
who are for reproductive health, abortion, divorce, same-sex
marriage and other abominations.
are Christian leaders who regularly lie, malign others,
disobey the bishops, and cause scandal in the Church.
Who then does the will of the Father? It is the person “who
listens to these words of mine and acts
on them” (Mt 7:24a). One who is a friend of Jesus listens
to his words. He knows Jesus. He knows what he says is true.
He believes in what Jesus says. One who lives the way of Jesus
acts on his words. Jesus tells him to obey
God, to love his neighbor, to strive for perfection, to proclaim
the good news of salvation, and he does these.
will of the Father is also that we serve Him, His people and
His kingdom. But there are those who do serve, but might still
not be doing God’s will. “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?’” (Mt 7:22). These
people might proclaim the name of Jesus, but they could be
false prophets. They could perform mighty deeds and even exorcise
demons, but could actually be living evil lives. Such people
will be surprised at the last judgment, as their entry into
heaven is rejected. They will be shocked when they hear Jesus
say, “I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.”
(Mt 7:23). Among them will be some bishops, priests, nuns
and top lay leaders.
We need to “be like a wise man who built his house on
rock.” (Mt 7:24b). The rock is Jesus. The rock is also
Peter, who is the pope, the head of the Church, which is Christ’s
body on earth. Our lives need to be founded on Christ and
on the life, mission and teachings of the Catholic Church.
We need to obey Jesus, and in doing so obey the Magisterium
of the Church.
life there inevitably will be storms that will disturb our
lives. “The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds
blew and buffeted the house.” (Mt 7:25a). If our lives
are “set solidly on rock” it will not collapse
(Mt 7:25b). Jesus is Lord over the storm. He will see us through.
He will be with us, and will protect and strengthen us. Not
to do so would make us “be like a fool who built his
house on sand.” (Mt 7:26), and when the storm comes
our house will collapse and be ruined (Mt 7:27).
In the name of Jesus let us indeed prophesy, drive out demons
and do mighty deeds. Jesus assures us that if we BE.LI.EV.E,
we can do even greater works, because he goes to the Father
(Jn 14:12). Let us make sure that we not just do great works
in Jesus’ name, but that we do the will of the Father,
that we act on Jesus’ words, that we build our house
way we too like Jesus can go to the Father, and be accepted
by Jesus in heaven.