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Liturgical day: Thursday 12th in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Mt 7,21-29): «Anyone who hears these words of mine and does not act accordingly, is like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain poured, the rivers flooded, and the wind blew and struck that house; it collapsed, and what a terrible fall that was!». Jesus said to his disciples, «Not everyone who says to me: ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my heavenly Father. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not speak in your name? Did we not cast out devils and perform many miracles in your name?’. Then I will tell them openly: ‘I have never known you; away from me, you evil people!’.

»So, then, anyone who hears these words of mine and acts accordingly is like a wise man, who built his house on rock. The rain poured, the rivers flooded, and the wind blew and struck that house, but it did not collapse because it was built on rock. But anyone who hears these words of mine and does not act accordingly, is like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain poured, the rivers flooded, and the wind blew and struck that house; it collapsed, and what a terrible fall that was!».

When Jesus had finished this discourse, the crowds were struck by the way he taught, because he taught with authority unlike their teachers of the Law.

Illustration: Fr. Lluís Raventós Artés

Today the "Sermon on the Mount" is over. The marveled crowd listens to Jesus with enjoyment, but some are like some of these bends of the great rivers that descend from the Himalayas: centuries of water running over them, but, however, dry below. Jesus knows that if we do not accept His words, if we do not put them into practice, we can be sure of the failure of our tomorrow life, family and society.

—He does not want us to fail, so He strongly insists upon our building on rock. Thank you Jesus!