Gospel: Matthew 7:21, 24-27
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my heavenly Father.
“Therefore, anyone who hears these words of mine, and acts according to them, is like a wise man, who built his house on rock. The rain poured down, the rivers flooded, and the wind blew and struck that house. But it did not collapse, because it was built on rock. But anyone who hears these words of mine, and does not act accordingly, is like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain poured, the rivers flooded, and the wind blew and struck that house; it collapsed, and what a terrible collapse that was!”

Reflections
“It is not those who says to me ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven…”
This proclamation is some­thing ironic. If this is the case, something might be wrong or lacking in my devotions and prayers. Faith without good works is dead, as Saint James would tell us (James 2:17). The good works that we could al­ways do every day is to do the will of the Father, to listen to his words and act on them reli­giously. The Father’s will is that we be filled with the spirit of the Kingdom and work to make that Kingdom a reality in our world.
Act of charity is the heart and foundation of our faith in God. Charity hinges our faith in God and the actions we make to our neighbors. Our pious devotions ought to be accompanied al­ways with corporal and spiritual works of mercy, out of love, out of charity. If we are able to do that, then we are like a strong city, a nation of firm purpose that is kept in peace, a house built upon a solid rock, so that whatever calamity would strike it, it would stand still until the end of time.

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