The Wise And The Fool Builders Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 07/,21.24-27/
Jesus said to his disciples: “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. Everyone who listens to 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 buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock. And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”
Blessed Columba Marmion (1858-1923) Abbot Live by faith (from “Christ the ideal of the priest”)
Faith, the foundation of our interior life
Faith is a foundational virtue. (…) Faith is the beginning, the foundation and the root in us of our life as child of God. (…) If faith is required to awaken supernatural life, it is still more necessary to ensure its growth and blossoming. Very truly, faith is the foundation and root of the interior life.
In a building, what is the reason for the foundations? They not only permit starting the construction but, surely, it is they on which depends the stability, equilibrium, even the continuation of the structure at every moment? So it is with faith confronted with every christian existence. The firm foundation of our beliefs alone affirms hope, gives flight to charity, and permits prayer to rise up to God. In time of trial, as happens in the course of normal existence, from where does our constant support come, from where do we receive the most efficacious motives for action, if not from faith? This is why Saint Paul asked the Colossians to remain “founded on faith” (Col 1:23). (…) Such is the primordial importance of the certitudes of faith. Their influence never ceases to be at work: they ennoble existence and strengthen the soul. Thanks to them the christian, (…) under the shock of the powers of evil, never doubts the victory (cf. 1 Jn 5:4).
It pleased Saint Paul to enclose within one brief formula this whole doctrine dear to him: “The just live by faith” (cf. Gal 3:2; Rm 1:17; Heb 10:38). Let us hold on to its eminently practical implications since, the more firm our faith, the more our entire life will be renewed and, by it, the bonds of our divine adoption will be tightened
*From The Daily Gospel WebSite