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(Part 17)


December 6, 2012
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.

Now 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).

Who 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.
  • They are Catholics who do not go regularly to Sunday Mass.
  • They are Catholic legislators, university professors and theologians who are for reproductive health, abortion, divorce, same-sex marriage and other abominations.
  • They 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.

The 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.

In 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 on rock.

That way we too like Jesus can go to the Father, and be accepted by Jesus in heaven.

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