Thursday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time
In The Gospel reading today, which comes at the end of Matthew’s account of the Sermon on the Mount, Our Lord tells us that it is not enough to merely hear His words. We must hear and act: “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man,” the Lord says, while “everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool.”
The words of Christ call for action. Our Lord calls us to act – and to act on His behalf. To do things worthy of our Christian dignity. It isn’t enough to just do something; we have to do the right something. We are – all of us – subject to authority. Christ puts it quite plainly: “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.”
How do we know the will of the Father in heaven? Through prayer, of course. Through frequent visits to the Adoration Chapel. Through frequent reception of the Sacraments. Through spending time with Holy Scriptures, prayerfully reading the Word of the Lord. Through our interactions with others, and with our Church. There are myriad ways the Lord speaks to us. We have only to listen carefully and attentively and to be open to what He tells us.
It doesn’t matter what we might accomplish. Our accomplishments do not earn us a place in heaven. Prophesy… drive out demons… do mighty deeds – if we do these things but do not know the Lord, we have done nothing. We are nothing. And we will hear those words that every person should dread: Depart from me, you evildoers. I never knew you.
Let us all pray that we may come to know the will of our Father in heaven, and that our deeds may be the result of an honest and genuine relationship with God, so that when the storms of life come our house does not collapse, and so that on the day of our judgment, we may be found worthy of the promises of Christ.