For Saturday of the Twenty-Third Ordinary Week of the Church Year
Today in his Gospel, Jesus mentions those who have faith enough to call him, “Lord, Lord.”
However, Jesus asks those who call him “Lord” why they do not do what he commands.
He says they are like a man who built a house without a foundation, a house that ends up “completely destroyed.”
If we hear the Lord’s words without responding in obedience to them, then we are effectively ignoring the truth and necessity of his words.
As a result, we empty our own words of truth, and we empty them of necessity, so that if we cry out, “Lord, Lord,” it is a useless UNtruth.
However, there is an earlier danger that our Lord also describes today.
To go about doing and acting without first giving our attention, our minds and our hearts to the Lord in listening to his words.
We need his words to form the insides of our hearts and minds BEFORE we act.
As he puts it:
A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good,
but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil
If we act without hearing— and without praying so as to truly hear— we are in danger of acting according to our own measure that has been distorted by sin.
When we have not given the attention and energy of our mind and heart to God’s Voice, we cannot even honestly say, “Lord, Lord”— much less do that Lord’s will.
We need to pray…
… so that we can listen…
… so that we can obey inside and
… so that we can live, grow and bear good fruit.
When we obey and do what we have heard from God in Christ, then we are building on rock— on the Rock that is Christ himself.
We become stones set in place upon Christ as our origin and foundation.
We are cemented to him and built up by the mortar of our own faith, obedience and love.
Such a house on such a foundation falls before nothing.
Christ himself has a foundation.
He has heard, listened, obeyed and acted.
He is founded and lives in the will of the Father.
He says and does nothing that he has not first heard and received from the Father.
He says and does nothing else except what he has heard and received from the Father.
He IS what he has heard and received from the Father.
Built on Christ, built in him and built for him, we have a share, then, in his Father as well.
Here in the Eucharist, the Father with the power of the Spirit prepares for us an Anointed Bedrock and Living Mortar of love and obedience in the flesh and blood of his Son.
Here we are built out of Christ, and sunk ever more deeply in him, and raised ever higher upon him.
We allow God to do it if we pray, listen, obey and act.
The foundation and the consummation of life beyond imagining, our salvation, our glory and the fulfillment of our hope are already real, and already have their real presence in the Eucharist.