Today’s parable teaches us to hear and act upon the sayings of Jesus.


Jesus taught that it isn’t enough to acknowledge Him in word alone; it is necessary that we repent of sin, that we live a holy life, that we love one another. When we repent of our sins, we restore our relationship with the Lord. Then He takes even the most messed up lives and works them together for the good of those who love Him. Resist temptation. Obey the Lord. Repent. Love Jesus

There are others, whose faith relies solely upon hearing a message and nothing more. Two kinds of hearers are represented as two builders. Today’s parable teaches us to hear and act upon the sayings of Jesus. Some build their hopes upon worldly prosperity; others upon outward professions of religion. But their hopes are all built on sand, too weak to bear the demands of the faith, upon which we build our hopes of heaven. The coming storm will try everyone’s faith.  Some of you may be feeling your houses shaking already; the world is still experiencing the repercussions of a struggling economy.  More and more of us are feeling vulnerable from the ongoing struggle.  This is exactly how we rekindle our faith, hold on to the life raft, and pray our way back to wholeness again.  Our Saint for today gave us a very good example of reaching out to help another, of how to live a life of piety and how to survive the difficult times.  His understanding of Scripture was phenomenal, and so we ask you, St. Irenaeus to pray for all of us who will come back to God’s Word today.  And Pray, Pray, Pray, with this Scripture and ask others to pray for you too.  We really are all in this together.

The crowds were astonished at the wisdom and power of Jesus’ doctrine. And this sermon, which is often read, is always new. Let us be decided and earnest, making Christ the main subject of our thoughts. Let us not confuse our faith with worldly rewards. May God make us wise builders for eternity; then nothing shall separate us from the love of Christ! Let us put ourselves into the space that God’s love creates for us, without fear or doubt. In this silent space we will discover what God wants from us. Not hypocrisy—just saying ‘Lord, Lord’—but faith which is as solid as a house built on a rock, resisting all attacks. Lord, please grant us the grace of perseverance throughout our lives to remain faithful to our covenant with you.


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