FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
12th Thursday of Ordinary Time
June 27, 2019
WORD of the DAY
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. (Matthew 7: 21)
How shall I live this Word?
Lord, Lord is the liturgical acclamation of faith and prayer: The Lord is the Kyrios, God Jesus is the Lord, is the center of the Christian faith. Jesus is my God, my Lord.
This affirmation of faith, places us in front of the truth of our heart and our words: is Jesus really my Lord? How many lords do I have in my life? Is the Lord the beginning and the end of everything for me? Is Jesus the beginning and the end of my living?
And it is not enough to say: Lord, Lord to enter the kingdom of heaven. Faith is not enough. We need love, because it is love that places Him at the beginning and end of our concrete existence. Therefore, neither faith nor correct prayer is enough to enter the kingdom of heaven. We must do the will of the Father who is in heaven. We say it in the Our Father: Your will be done. The will of the Father is love. And love is expressed through the heart that loves and the hands that work according to the heart. Love is always active. Life expresses this love in the concreteness of gestures, of actions. And this is doing the will of the Father.
May Your will be done, Lord!
The Voice of Pope Francis, Homily at St. Martha, December 6, 2018
One enters the kingdom of heaven, one matures spiritually, one progresses in the Christian life by doing, not by saying. In fact, “saying is a way of believing, but sometimes it is very superficial, halfway”: as when “I say that I am a Christian but I do not do Christian things”. It is like ‘cosmetics’ because “to say only, is to put on makeup”, it is “saying without doing”.
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