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Thursday, June 26th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 7:21-29.


Thursday of the Twelfth week in Ordinary Time

26 June 2014

“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”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint 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.”

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Thursday of the Twelfth week in Ordinary Time

Commentary of the day

Saint Gregory Nazianzen (330-390),
Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Discourse 26 ; PG 35, 1238

Set on Rock

One evening I was walking beside the sea; as Scripture says: “The sea was stirred up because a strong wind was blowing” (Jn 6,18). The waves rose up at a distance and crashed onto the shore, smashing against the rocks, breaking and changing into spume and spray. Small stones, seaweed and the lightest of shells were carried by the water and thrown onto the shore, but the rocks stood as firm and unyielding as though all were calm, even in the midst of those waves that had just struck them…

I drew a lesson from that sight. Wasn’t that sea like our life and the human condition? There, too, is to be found much bitterness and instability. And aren’t the winds the temptations that assail us and all the unforeseen blows of life? This is what I think David was thinking about when he exclaimed: “Save me, O God, for the waters threaten my life! Snatch me from the waters of the deep! I have reached the watery depths and the flood overwhelms me” (Ps 68[69],2). Amongst those who are put to the test there are some who seem to me to be like those light, lifeless objects that allow themselves to be carried away without offering the slightest resistance. There is no stability in them; they don’t have the counterbalance of a wise mind that struggles against assaults. Others seem to me to be like rocks who are worthy of that Rock on whom we are set and whom we worship. Molded by the reasoning of true wisdom, these rise above their common weakness and bear everything with unshakeable constancy.

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