Thursday of the First Week in Advent – Reflection

Good Shepherd

Jesus said to his disciples: “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.

Scripture speaks to this theme often. In other places, it warns us not to be mere hearers of the Word; it warns that faith and works cannot be separated. In today’s Gospel, we hear Our Lord addressing a warning to “everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them.” Christ tells us that those people “will be like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”

However, that is not the reality to which we are called. We who hear the Word of the Lord are called to action. We are called to works.

We build our houses firmly on rock: we build them on the rock of faith; we build them on the rock of the Church. Then, when various trials come – when the winds of life blow and the rains fall, our house and our faith does not collapse. It is set firmly on rock.

Jesus is calling us to action today. True faith – the kind worthy of our call as followers of Jesus Christ – compels the faithful to live the faith we profess. When our faith is lived, it is seen. We become a witness to the joy of faith. But to live the faith, we must do the will of Our Father in Heaven. God can accomplish many good works through one who is prepared to answer Christ’s call and authentically live the faith.

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