Genesis 16:1-12,15-16; Psalm 105:1-5; Matthew 7:21-29
LISTENING AND DOING THE WILL OF GOD IS BUILDING ON A ROCK
“Therefore, everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on rock.” (C.f. Matthew 7:24)
▪During the hurricane Michael that took place in Florida, USA, in 2018, there was a house that stood firm after the storm while all other houses went down or were in bad shapes. This house survived the 155-mph winds relatively unscathed. Houses there are required to be built at 120-mph winds, but the Sand Castle was designed for 240 to 250-mph winds. It was reinforced from its foundation and within to withstand such eventualities.
▪This brings us to what the Lord is talking about today on building on sand and rock. It is not because we like to build on sand, but because we do not have the patience, the courage and strength to build on rock. We do not want to waste such time building strong structures, which at the end of the day will collapse. Why do you think that the Church has faced centuries of persecution and still stood strong? It is its foundation that has kept it standing.
▪It is unfortunate that we are building human beings on very soft foundations today. With the changes we are facing in the world today, if we are not careful, we will lose our God given gifts of creativity. I am not against change, I like the innovations like every other people do, because they have improved our lives to a great extent. But with the modern world where computer does everything for us, drives our cars, cooks for us, feeds us, does calculations for us, thinks for us for answers, do you think that our brains instead of developing will rather be dying.
▪In the past we have families who are over four being raised by even a poor widow. Children were raised responsibly with the meagre resources. Today, everything is dependent on money and we have more money, but our money has lost values that no matter the much we gather we still cannot even raise one child well, hence why many have chosen not to have children at all. Most of the children raised in great affluence sometimes do not even understand what their parents paid to be where they are today.
▪Dear friend, we all face times when we have difficulties, but remember that it is only those who remain on Christ that will survive the hurricanes of life, because He is our surest foundations. May we not lose sight of the Lord who will never abandon us. May He save us today in the face of all our difficulties, forever and ever. Amen
Stand on the Lord Jesus Christ today and you will survive all trials; this can only be proven by doing His will.
May God bless you today
Fr Joseph Chukwugozie Ikegbunam
Holy Angels Parish and St Mary’s Parish, St Albans, Vermont