Thursday of the First week
Matthew 7:21, 24-27
I am grateful that the walls of our church and chapel are made solid cement brick, and I am glad that the floor is a solid concert. The way the church and chapel are constructed should give us a sense of peace knowing it is built on a firm foundation. All of this speaks to what we hear in our readings today about building on a strong and firm foundation.
In our first reading, the Jewish people are being held in captivity and Isaiah gives them this reading. The reading speaks about a city big and strong with large walls to protect it. Many people come to the city to be protected. However, the city becomes prideful, and because of that the walls came tumbling down. Here is a stern warning to the people being held in captivity that one day they will be set free, and they will rebuild the holy city, but they are not to become prideful.
In our Gospel Jesus is speaking to his disciples, who may be thinking they have it made because they are in the inner circle of Jesus. Jesus gives them a firm warning, “Not everyone who says, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only those who do the will of my Father in heaven.”
Our readings should make us feel a bit uneasy a bit unsure of ourselves. I say this not in a bad way but in a good way, to work harder. Advent is our time to build a firm foundation on Christ. It is about being hopeful that our God is going to come today and we will be ready.