Homily for Thursday of the 1st Week of Advent Year A
Theme: House on the rock
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Thursday December 5 2019
(Mt. 7:21-27) Thursday of the First Week of Advent
In today’s Gospel, Jesus gives the message that doing what is heard and spoken is important. Using the parable of the house on rock and house on sand, Jesus showed what happens if life is founded on mere words (house on sand) and complimenting it with action (house on rock).While ideas give us great inspiration and motivation, the fulfilment is in the doing.
Surely we have heard the story of a mother and son where the mother told her son about the dire situation of their neighbor who have nothing to eat. The mother invited her son to pray for the neighbor. The son said, “Mommy, we should not only pray for them. Let us give them something to eat!” The mother was sympathetic but the son was compassionate.
Sympathy is feeling for the other. Compassion is sympathy with a desire to address the need of the neighbor. It is easy to see why the Lord Jesus wanted us to act and live His Word. His Word is not only about letters and sound. His Word is action at the same time. In Genesis, during Creation, we notice that as words were spoken, it immediately comes forth. The word is made flesh.
Christian life is prayer and action. Prayer provides the foundation. Action makes that foundation strong. It follows that faith is not just a list of what are to be believed. Faith is living what is believed.