The Good News for the Day, June 29, 2017
Thursday of the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time (374)
Jesus says to His friends and followers: “Not everybody who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ gets into the realm of what is right! Only someone who does what my Father wants in that realm. Many people will appeal to Me in the end, claiming, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not preach and prophesy as your followers? Did we not drive out evil forces in your name? Did we not do significant actions–all in your name?’ Then, though, I will reply to them in all seriousness, ‘I have never acknowledged you. Get out of here—you have been doing wrong!’
“Everyone who pays attention to these words of mine and acts creatively on them will be like some wise person who built his house on solid foundations. The rain poured down, the floods came up, and storms winds struck to batter the house. It did not collapse; it had been set solidly on solid foundation. Everybody who pays attention to these words of mine but does NOT act on them will be like some fool who built his house on a shifting foundation. The rain poured down, the floods came up, and the winds struck to batter the house. It collapsed and was a complete loss.” When Jesus finished this lesson, the public was impressed at what he was telling them; He was teaching them was one having authenticity, and not as someone merely educated. (Matthew 7)
Here we have some conclusions about the whole Message—the Word—of Jesus. The Good News is not just “news”—but aa lifestyle. It is interiorized, and becomes the rock-solid foundation for all hat they do, say and become.
You hear the Spirit—the kindness, unselfishness, and humility. You do not act to show you are a follower of Jesus—but to DO what He did as a child of God in this time and place. Your focus is the Father, not externals; your reward, motives and True Life remains hidden—like a house that is well built. You “confess” Jesus not by saying it in so many words, but in visiting the sick, healing the hurt, and comforting the grieving. That is the preaching YOU do–the professing that you’re a Child of Our Father.
You impress people with one act of kindness—more than many words!