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June 28, 2018

St. Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr

Mt 7:21-29

“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. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many deeds of power in your name?’

Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; go away from me, you evildoers.’ “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its fall!” Now when Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

The temptation to build on sand

Build on rock or build on sand. I get it. There’s a choice we must make, whether to follow the Lord’s way, or the worldly way of sin, greed, self-absorption, and all those other little demons that entice me. But here’s the problem, Jesus. Of course I want to build on rock, and in many ways I do just that. But your imagery makes it sound deceptively simple, as if we will only have to make that sand or rock choice once in a lifetime, and then never have to worry about it again. But I feel like I must make that choice a lot. Almost every day I feel the subtle tug to build (or at least vacation for a while) on the sands of greed, self-absorption, meanness or dozens more demons.

Do you have your own characteristic, ongoing moments of temptation to build on sand?

—Chris Lowney is author of various books. His most recent is Make Today Matter: 10 Habits for a Better Life (and World) published by Loyola Press.

Prayer

Lord, help me to be a wiser builder, every day of my life. When I’m tempted to build something on the sands of temptation, remind me that I want to dwell on the solid rock that is following you.

—Chris Lowney

 


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June 28, 2018

Mt 7:1-5

“Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye?

Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

How ridiculous we are to judge

What vivid imagery Jesus invokes in today’s Gospel reading!

As the son of a carpenter, perhaps His father asked for Jesus’ help one afternoon in toting some wood. We might imagine an adolescent Jesus proudly stepping up to the plate to haul the biggest board that he could muster – only to be rendered temporarily useless by the tiniest fraction – a mere splinter – of it.

I suspect that we’ve all been there and don’t need any help in conjuring up the pain. But a splinter in one’s eye … how does that even happen? And, who, having acquired a splinter in his eye, ever needed anyone else’s help to realize his predicament? (What could be more ridiculous than that?)

Well, this … says Jesus: a person with a wooden beam sticking out of his eye who takes the occasion to scrutinize someone else’s infirmity.

(Ludicrous, right?)

Precisely – just like judging another person.

—Corey Quinn is the president of De Smet Jesuit High School in St. Louis.

Prayer

Lord Jesus, help me to recognize the errors of my ways, or the splinters in my eye.  Give me the humility to respond to criticism and the strength to change my actions to be more in line with how you would like me to live.  Remind me that you alone are our judge. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 


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June 28, 2018

St. Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr

Mt 7:21-29

“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. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many deeds of power in your name?’

Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; go away from me, you evildoers.’ “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its fall!” Now when Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

The temptation to build on sand

Build on rock or build on sand. I get it. There’s a choice we must make, whether to follow the Lord’s way, or the worldly way of sin, greed, self-absorption, and all those other little demons that entice me. But here’s the problem, Jesus. Of course I want to build on rock, and in many ways I do just that. But your imagery makes it sound deceptively simple, as if we will only have to make that sand or rock choice once in a lifetime, and then never have to worry about it again. But I feel like I must make that choice a lot. Almost every day I feel the subtle tug to build (or at least vacation for a while) on the sands of greed, self-absorption, meanness or dozens more demons.

Do you have your own characteristic, ongoing moments of temptation to build on sand?

—Chris Lowney is author of various books. His most recent is Make Today Matter: 10 Habits for a Better Life (and World) published by Loyola Press.

Prayer

Lord, help me to be a wiser builder, every day of my life. When I’m tempted to build something on the sands of temptation, remind me that I want to dwell on the solid rock that is following you.

—Chris Lowney

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

June 28, 2018

Mt 7:1-5

“Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye?

Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

How ridiculous we are to judge

What vivid imagery Jesus invokes in today’s Gospel reading!

As the son of a carpenter, perhaps His father asked for Jesus’ help one afternoon in toting some wood. We might imagine an adolescent Jesus proudly stepping up to the plate to haul the biggest board that he could muster – only to be rendered temporarily useless by the tiniest fraction – a mere splinter – of it.

I suspect that we’ve all been there and don’t need any help in conjuring up the pain. But a splinter in one’s eye … how does that even happen? And, who, having acquired a splinter in his eye, ever needed anyone else’s help to realize his predicament? (What could be more ridiculous than that?)

Well, this … says Jesus: a person with a wooden beam sticking out of his eye who takes the occasion to scrutinize someone else’s infirmity.

(Ludicrous, right?)

Precisely – just like judging another person.

—Corey Quinn is the president of De Smet Jesuit High School in St. Louis.

Prayer

Lord Jesus, help me to recognize the errors of my ways, or the splinters in my eye.  Give me the humility to respond to criticism and the strength to change my actions to be more in line with how you would like me to live.  Remind me that you alone are our judge. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!