Join us as we reflect, ponder, and pray together inspired by today's Gospel.
Today's Gospel: Luke 6:43-49
When we bought our first house, the ground had to be built up and packed down with fill before construction could begin. Since we didn’t want to buy fill, we used what was in our yard. And in doing that, we created a pond in our yard. So while the pond was a problem to deal with as our children grew and wanted to play outside, it was a small one compared to the problem we would have had if we had not built up a firm foundation before building our house.
What is our foundation? What is inside of us that cannot be moved or shaken? We need to know that our foundation is strong; and it’s not about saying "Jesus is my foundation" but in living it. When troubles occur, do you cry out to God for help, or to moan and groan, “Why me?” or “It’s not fair?” When the flood threatens, do you pray and work or just work? Both are needed -- notice Jesus says a person “who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock." Jesus doesn’t say a person who hoped for the best or wished it would work. The person had a plan, followed it and the house stood.
Go first to the master builder, go to Jesus, and ask for the plans to make a firm foundation. During Ordinary Time in the Church year sometimes we forget about what makes a firm foundation, since we don’t talk about it as much as Lent or Advent. But really, it always comes back to basics: receive the sacraments, pray, read the Word, fast, give, serve. Those make our foundation firm so that the storms of life don’t wash us away.
Where does your foundation need to be lifted up or strengthened?
Lord Jesus, my hope and strength is in You. Help me keep my foundation strong that I may always call on you to guide me in life. Amen.
Copyright 2020 Deanna Bartalini
About the Author
Deanna G. Bartalini, MEd, MPS, is a Catholic writer, speaker, and educator. Her Bible study, invite the Holy Spirit into Your Life, is published by Our Sunday Visitor. Her website, DeannaBartalini.com, is for the Every Day Catholic. There you can find Deanna’s writing, free webinars on Catholicism, her podcast and social media services, and invite her to speak to your group, in person or virtually.