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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Thursday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

JUNE 27, 2019


Thursday of the12th Week in Ordinary Time


Genesis 16:1-12, 15-16 

 Psalm 106:1-5

Matthew 7:21-29


Jesus said to his disciples: “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. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name?
Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’ Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.’

“Everyone who listens to 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 buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock. And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”

When Jesus finished these words, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority,
and not as their scribes.


 The Wise and Foolish Builders


 Jesus concludes his Sermon on the Mount with a story of two builders - a good builder and a bad one, a smart builder and a dumb one. In constructing a house, we don’t first go for decisions on the colour of the curtains or the walls, but on more fundamental decisions such as the location where we are going to build, the type of materials we have to use and how much we can afford to spend on each category. This is the foundational issue upon which everything else depends. This is true in our spiritual life too. Do we keep the core elements in the centre or do we put it more towards the edges? Do we build our edifices on the hard rock of the mountainside, or should we perhaps build it down on loose, shaky sand?


Jesus had some very straightforward tips on this last point. You build on the rock, Jesus says. Only a fool builds upon the sand. That’s not because you can’t build a very attractive house upon the sand. Indeed, you may be able to build a sand-castle that looks a lot more attractive than the place you currently live in, but when the tide comes in, and the rain comes down, and the floods come up, you’ll soon come to appreciate your little one-room flat which might not look like much, but it was built on a solid foundation. Even after the storm has done its worst it is still standing! Had those guys who built the ‘Leaning Tower of Pisa’ read the Bible, they would not have chosen soft, sandy soil at the basis of the tower! Apparently they’re still pouring concrete into ground around the tower’s base, trying to stop the thing from finally toppling over!


Of course, Jesus’ words aren’t aimed fundamentally at master builders or at new home buyers, helpful though they might be to all such persons. The story of the builders is fundamentally a parable about life. Jesus introduces it by saying that the two builders represent two different ways in which you can respond to the teaching He has given in the Sermon on the Mount. One way is to make his teachings foundational to everything you do in your life. Take those teachings in, reflect on them, apply them, and allow those teaching to shape and direct everything you do. That, Jesus says, is how you build your life on a solid foundation, like a builder who builds his house on solid rock.


And yet there are many other ways to respond to the words of Jesus. You can disregard his words. You can admire His words for their poetry and beauty and then bind them up in a book that you keep on the shelf alongside your copies of the works of Shakespeare and Chetan Bhagat. Or you can get very excited by the teachings of Jesus, turn up to church every week so that you can tell the world how much you love those teachings, and then go home and get on with your life as if you’d never heard a single word that Jesus said! To take any of these approaches, Jesus says, is to be like the foolish builder who builds his house on the sand, and when the storm comes ‘great is the fall’.


Not all that profess and call themselves Christians shall be saved. Here is a striking picture of two classes of Christian hearers. The first group belongs to those who are doers as well as hearers. In times of trial their religion does not fail them; the floods of sickness, sorrow, poverty, disappointments and bereavements beat upon them in vain. Those who hear Christian teaching and never get beyond hearing are like foolish men who build their houses upon the sand. Their spirituality breaks down entirely under the first flood of tribulation; it fails him completely, like a summer dried fountain. A religion which costs nothing, and consists in nothing but hearing sermons, will always prove at last to be a useless thing. 


Dr. Fr. John Ollukaran CMI


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