THE SERVANT GENERAL
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
BUILDING ON ROCK
Today’s gospel: Matthew 7:21-27
Jesus has some sobering words for us today. “Not everyone
who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom
of heaven” (v.21a). So these are avowed Christians,
who call Jesus Lord. Now let us not talk about the really
bad Christians (murderers, rapists, abortionists). Let us
not even talk about the nominal Catholic who does not fully
live out his faith. We are talking about those who profess
to follow and serve Jesus. In fact, let us talk about those
who do great deeds in his name. Jesus says that those people
will bank on their deeds to be able to enter heaven. “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?’”
(v.22). They will say this with pride, with a smug smile,
with great expectation as to their reward. Well, they are
in for the shock of their lives. Jesus says, “Then I
will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you. Depart
from me, you evildoers.’” (v.23).
never knew you? Depart from me? You evildoers? Whoa! That
is being zapped by a thunderbolt!
is Jesus saying? It is not what we do, but who we are or what
we become, that will determine whether we can enter heaven.
Jesus was talking about prophets who lived evil lives. They
were morally corrupt prophets and miracle workers. So that
is possible? Yes! There will be many Catholics out there looking
good on the outside, making their mark in service to the Church,
being able to do even admirable deeds, but who will not make
it into the Kingdom, because they are not living truly Christian
then can enter? Jesus says it plainly: “only the one
who does the will of my Father in heaven.” (v.21b).
How do we know the will of the Father? Some Catholic lay leaders
say abortion is OK. Some priests say same-sex unions are OK.
Some bishops say contraception is OK. What is OK? We must
go to God’s word, and that is in the Bible. What must
we do to do the will of the Father? What is the Father’s
that we grow in holiness and Christian perfection. “So
be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
(Mt 5:48). The life of a Christian should be a life of striving
for holiness and sanctity.
that we are not only to love God with our all but also to
love our neighbor as ourselves. “You shall love your
neighbor as yourself” (Mk 12:31). This includes our
enemy! “But I say to you, love your enemies” (Mt
that we are to participate in the work of evangelization.
“Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to
every creature.” (Mk 16:15). Every Christian must become
are many other things that constitute the Father’s will,
such as love and care for the poor, detachment, forgiveness,
self-denial, embrace of the cross, etc. Notice: all these
are what most Christians today are generally not doing! Many
of them do not even really know about these things!
that not why there is general moral breakdown in the world
today? The God-given prescriptions for a just and peaceful
society are simply not in place. Most people in the world
are violative of these principles. The words of Jesus have
been around for almost two millennia and people have heard
what he says but have not acted on his words; they are fools
who have built their houses on sand (v.26). And so families
are collapsing, and societies are collapsing.
then are we to do? “Everyone who listens to these words
of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built
his house on rock.” (v.24). Listen to what Jesus says.
Act on what Jesus says.
is upon the world. Strong storm winds are buffeting faith,
family and life. A tsunami of evil is overwhelming the whole
earth. Jesus is our only protection. “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.”
is the Rock.