June 1, 2008
Ninth Sunday in ordinary time
Matthew 7: 21-27
"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. On that day many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many deeds of power in your name?' Then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; go away from me, you evildoers.' "Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell--and great was its fall!"
Introductory Prayer: Lord, I believe that you are truly present with me now, ready to shower your grace upon me. I have the difficult and daily task of building my life and helping others build their lives on solid ground. I need your grace. I trust in your love and providence to build with joy and happiness.
Petition: Lord, help me every day to desire with all my soul to reach heaven. May the thought of being eternally united with you help me to overcome all inertia, laziness and disappointments, so that I may stay on the true path in working for you and others.
1. A Prize Is Won The successful hunter comes home with the trophy. He is a person who stays focused on his goals, and he centers his attention on what to use, what to expect, and where to be at the appropriate time. He takes into account all the different factors that can influence his hunt. His body and spirit are ready. He waits patiently for the opportune moment. The desire for success moves him both to try different things and to persevere. In our spiritual life we too must exercise all of these virtues in order to continue progressing along the path of holiness.
2. Our True Prize We desire to be with Christ. This moves us to center on him and to adapt our style of life to him. We make time for prayer, for God’s word in Scripture, for virtue, and for service to others. We know where to find Christ in the Blessed Sacrament; we know where the door to the confessional is. We believe in what he has prepared for us now and after death. Do I keep my sight focused on him as I travel over the hills and through the valleys, forests, and dark places in my life?
3. We Will Be Ready Centering on our goal and working with faith and joy will put us in the right place in life. We will be open to what God wants of us. Our houses, built on solid ground, will be able to endure trials, persecutions and storms. Am I “centered”? Am I ready? Do I have a plan, a strategy for my spiritual life?
Dialogue with Christ: Lord, I love you. Life is short, and there are different ways to live it. I want to give you my life. I want to be ready for what you want of me. I want to persevere. So often my love is undermined by my fears and frailty. Give me strength and courage. May I trust always in your providence.
Resolution: Today, I will renew my belief in eternal life and see if there is something distracting me from the road to get there.
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