A Reflection for the 9th Week in Ordinary Time

Our next door neighbours are currently having a house extension built. For the past few weeks the builders have been busy digging the foundations. Being wise builders they are spending a lot of time doing this properly, they are even re-routing pipes! They know the importance of good, solid foundations for what is to come. We too, as disciples, need good foundations as we seek the Kingdom of Heaven in our lives.

The key to entering into the Kingdom, according to the Gospel given to us in the 9th week of Ordinary Time is to do the will of God. Jesus says,

“It is not those who say to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ who will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the person who does the will of my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21).

This will of the Father is revealed in Jesus own words, the words of the Gospel.

“Therefore, everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man…” (Mt 7:24)

So we are challenged to both listen to and obey these words of Jesus because they really are for us the key for entry into God’s Kingdom, they are a sure foundation for us.

How well do we listen? How well do we obey?

As people involved in the RCIA process many of us are probably fairly used to hearing Scripture. Perhaps we can ask ourselves about the quality of that hearing. Jesus makes clear that both hearing and obeying are necessary. In the parable those compared to the wise and foolish both listen to the Word, the distinction is that only some act on what they hear.

“everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on rock.”(v24)

“everyone who listens to these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand.”(v26)

Perhaps I can ask myself today…

  • What is the quality of my listening to God’s Word?
  • To what extent, in all honesty, do I act on what I hear?

In the parable, storms come to both houses. Storms are inevitable. It is not a question of ‘if’ but ‘when’.

When the storms come, the quality of our foundations will be revealed.

Like the builders next door let’s encourage each other to build good foundations now.