01 Dec 2016: Where are Your Roots?


Thursday, 1st Week of Advent

Reading 1. Is. 26:1-6; Ps. 118:1 & 8-9, 19-21, 25-27A; Gospel. Mt. 7: 21, 24-27

The gospel of today presents to us the parable of the wise and foolish builders. It is quite interesting to note that Jesus presents this parable as a conclusion to the Sermon on the Mount. Sermon on the Mount is the first definitive discourse of Jesus, wherein He gives the new law.

There is an innate desire within every human being to know and reach God. But each one response to this desire in varied ways. St. Augustine expressed this desire when he said ‘our hearts are made for You O Lord and they are restless until they rest in you.’ Victor Frankl would articulate it as ‘there is, in fact a religious sense deeply rooted in each and every one’s unconscious depths.’

The direction of once life depends on the way we define our search for God, the foundation on which I built my life. The question is where are your roots? It is an invitation to reflect on how have I responded to the innate call of my life? Two ways are present before me; one leading to life and other leading to death. The wise builder in the parable decided to choose the path of life, he chose the strong foundation, the foolish builder failed to choose the right foundation. However, the contrast is made between the doers and hears of the Word. The depth of my roots depends on the fact how well I am able to actualize the Word that I hear in to action.

Jesus concluding the Sermon on the Mount would place before us the challenge of practicing what is heard. The Kingdom of Heaven is close to the doers of the word.  Are you ready empty yourselves to fill in with the spirit of Christ.

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