SATURDAY, TWENTY THIRD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
1 Tim 1: 15-17; Ps 113: 1-7; Lk 6: 43-49
BUILDING OUR HOUSE ON THE ROCK
“As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (Jos 24:15) This verse hung outside the door of a palatial mansion in the countryside. It was the home of a pastor who dedicatedly broke the word every Sunday at the local church. The windows of his mansion were a pristine blue and the garden had the most beautiful flowers. Many people admired his exquisite property. The church, however, was a rugged old building. The walls had visible cracks in them. There was a stagnancy in its maintenance and the benches were part-broken. There were overgrown weeds all around and ruptured windows.
One overcast Sunday, the church was bubbling with a cheerful congregation. The people of the country were poor, yet hardworking and trusted in the Lord with all their hearts. While the pastor preached, suddenly, there was a clap of thunder and the skies were filled with unexpected darkness. Ferocious lightning accompanied a stormy bout of rain. The earth began to quake and the people squeezed under the benches for shelter calling on the name of Jesus.
After tumultuous trembling, there was calm again. The pastor returned home that day to find a pile of rubble in place of his glorious mansion. The majestic building was brought to the ground by the quake. The board that hung with the verse from the book of Joshua stared at him mockingly. His heart was converted. He carried the board back to the church, where not an inch was disrupted by the storm. He hung the verse at the door of the church. Jesus is the rock that offers us a firm foundation amidst the storms of life. But who are we in this story? – the pastor, the admirers of the mansion, or the church? “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ but not do what I command?” says the Lord. “The name of Jesus is in fact the great foundation of the faith that turns people into children of God” – St Bernadine of Siena
Response: May the name of the Lord be blest for evermore.
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