Join us as we reflect, ponder, and pray together inspired by today's Gospel.
Today's Gospel: Matthew 7:21-29
When I was a little girl, I would listen to a children’s singing Psalm book on repeat on the cassette tape. One of my favorite songs was, “Don’t Build Your House on the Sandy Land,” and to this day, when we hear the Gospel reading today, I begin to hum the tune.
If you have ever spent time on the beach, you will be intimately familiar with how unsure your footing is, as the sand shifts beneath your feet. You will know how things get easily buried under piles of never-ending sand. Everything on the beach is tenuous.
Rock is immovable, difficult to penetrate, and unyielding. Standing on rock means you are sure-footed, strong, and solid.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus warns us that not everyone who approaches Him will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Even if our outward appearance gives the impression that we are doing great things in God’s name, God alone knows our hearts.
At the end of our lives, we are warned that our good deeds and works are just a part of the picture. The complete picture extends to our interior lives.
We will be called to account for whether or not our faith was solid, and whether our trust in God is what motivated our actions. Ultimately, we will be judged not just on the extent to which we seemed to help our neighbors, but also the extent to which we actively loved our neighbors.
So, as we take some time to pause today, let us each assess how our interior faith is guiding our exterior lives. Let us pause to determine how to continue building our personal faith in God, which will so rightly, assuredly guide our exterior actions toward our neighbor.
Ponder:What will it take for your personal faith to be solid, like the firm foundation of a rock?
Dear Lord, thank You for the gift of faith. Help my faith to be unwavering, so that I may always help others out of love for You.
Copyright 2020 AnnAliese Harry
About the Author
AnnAliese Harry is a proud Army wife to her husband Chris, and a mother to their young children. She has a BA in History, a Masters in Social Work, and has worked with disabled veterans, troubled teens, and in early childhood intervention therapy. AnnAliese volunteers with several military chapel communities and serves as a lector, EMHC, Adoration coordinator, and Catholic Women of the Chapel (CWOC) chapter president and vice president. She blogs about Catholicism, parenting, and military life at A Beautiful, Camouflaged Mess of A Life. Follow her on Twitter, on Instagram, or on Facebook.