The True Disciple and the Two Foundations (Matthew 7:21, 24-27)
The Proclamation of the Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew
 Not every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.  Every one therefore that heareth these my words, and doth them, shall be likened to a wise man that built his house upon a rock,  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and they beat upon that house, and it fell not, for it was founded on a rock.
 And every one that heareth these my words, and doth them not, shall be like a foolish man that built his house upon the sand,  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and they beat upon that house, and it fell, and great was the fall thereof.
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
MEDITATION: The Gospel for this Thursday tells us that even if you have the Holy Spirit that lets you to call God, “Lord” or lets you to be firm in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and on calling upon Him is not enough for you to enter the kingdom of heaven. We are told by Lord Jesus that the only one who does or acts the will of His Father in heaven will enter the kingdom. We can deduce that to have the Holy Spirit in us for us to be able to call God, “Lord” is not enough. We can also deduce that if we have the Holy Spirit and we believe so, we must work and act, according to the will of the Father in heaven. But how can we act if we do not know the will of the Father in heaven? A person of good will or a man of good will knows what God wants for him to do. He is struggling to be always sensitive as much as he can in order to know the will of the Father for him. He is doing this by the Holy Spirit or prayer that connects us to Jesus Christ who is the One who will mediate for us to the Father, for the Holy Spirit is the prayer that enables us to know the will of the Father in heaven. That’s how important is the Holy Spirit our Spiritual Director, when it comes to discerning!
We are also told by the Lord Jesus that for everyone who listens to His words and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on God who is the Eternal Rock (Isaiah 26:4), and Jesus Christ the Eternal Word is the Eternal Rock Himself. Those who listen to the Word of God’s words and acts on them build’s his house on Jesus Christ who is the cornerstone Himself who was rejected by the builders (Psalm 118:22). Now, if God is your rock and you are solidly rooted on Him because His words crawled intimately in your mind and heart, how strong are you now? So, do not let yourself become a fool who listened to the words of God but did not act on it where he is scattered by God like a sand because of his arrogance and conceit of heart (Luke 1:51). A person who acts o God’s words is a person who chooses to become anawim or poor in spirit that is, whose richness, wealth, and property is God alone. If we are solidly standing on God our Eternal Rock, how then are the people on their high places, and the arrogant city compared to us (Isaiah 26:5-6)?
In Psalm 118 verses 12-27 of this Thursday, the Eternal Rock Jesus is thanked for He is the strength and savior of us who is our rock and refuge. At God’s Advent, we are encouraged to be victors or righteous ones of God that will enter the gates of holiness where we will thank the Lord, for we became holy because we listened and acted on God’s words that made us strong like a rock. And in our arrival or Advent to the world, we pray that we bear the name of the Lord because of our listening and acting on God’s words by our preaching in words and deeds. And we pray that when our Advent to the world as righteous ones of God begins, may the world say, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” For God is granting salvation to everyone who welcomes the bearers of salvation of God and it is us – the just people of God whose trust is set solidly on Jesus Christ the Eternal Rock.
Here are some points to consider:
1 We can all say that everyone is a good person but not all of them are a person of good will. A person of good will knows how to live and act on the will of the Father in heaven. He must be filled with the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:39-45) in order to bless the Blessed Virgin Mary and also to bless the Word made flesh in her womb which is the Eternal Rock Himself. A righteous person or a person of good will greatly knows that it is truly right and just to proclaim “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” to the Blessed Virgin Mary for she came in the name of the Lord and not only that for she bore in her womb the Lord Himself and not just the name of the Lord. A good-willed man must possess the Holy Spirit who will let him to be in the state of sanctifying grace that exorcises sin which is the spirit of the devil. The will of the Father is for us to be a person of good will who lets the Holy Spirit to live and act in us and not us in ourselves.
2. A just, righteous, or holy person is person who is a sinner in his entire earthly life yet not sinning but doing and acting the words of the Word of God that makes him holy, righteous, or just. In short, a holy person is a doer of righteous deeds that makes him holy, yet he is a sinner but not sinning.
“Jesus, I trust in You” “O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee”
Go and set the world on fire!
Mary H. Distributist