Thursday, 1st Week of Advent (6th December, 2018)
First reading: Is 26: 1-6 (Everlasting rock)
Gospel: Mt 7: 21, 24-27 (Wise and foolish builders)
Lord Jesus through the Gospel of Mathew is categorically telling us to live by the word of God and not merely saying the Word of God without understanding the meaning and convinced of it. The one who understands and lives by the word of God is like the one who has constructed his house on a rocky ground and no external force can shake it. One who does not listen to the word of God nor lives by it is like the one who has constructed the house on sand and destruction is inevitable.
I have come across people, who know a great deal of prayers; know by-heart many verses from the bible but what they practice has no connection with what they speak.
On the contrary there are people who speak less and their actions corresponds to the verses from the Bible.
I remember one of my spiritual guide quoting, “You may be the only Bible which others would get to see.” What she meant was, our life should be a Bible, which is alive and breathing through our life and daily actions.
When we look at ourselves if we find us to be easily shaken, then it is worth an introspection.
If someone in the office gets upset with us and if we react in the same token.
If a fellow driver on the road honks at you or flicker a high beam; and we curse.
While driving, someone crisscross us and we yell.
At home if children don’t behave the way we want to be; and we are totally annoyed.
If we don’t patch up with our life partner before we sleep; keep it for days together.
Getting upset for silly reasons rather than ignoring them.
They could just be indicators that our house is not build on the rocky ground with is the Word of God and our Lord Jesus Christ. In other words, our faith is not deep enough.
Reconciliation is the solution which is not only feeling sorry for what we have done or doing, but it is taking a U turn from the present direction. Going back to the word of God more often.
Except God, no one else is perfect. It’s our journey through the sacraments and the Word of God that we can construct our house (our lives) on a strong foundation.
Let our journey through this advent reach us to the birth of a new life in us. Amen.