Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my heavenly Father. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not speak in your name? Did we not cast out devils and perform many miracles in your name?’ Then I will tell them openly, ‘I have never known you; away from me, you evil people!’ “Therefore, anyone who hears these words of mine, and acts according to them, is like a wise man, who built his house on rock. The rain poured down, the rivers flooded, and the wind blew and struck that house. But it did not collapse, because it was built on rock. But anyone who hears these words of mine, and does not act accordingly, is like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain poured, the rivers flooded, and the wind blew and struck that house; it collapsed, and what a terrible collapse that was!” When Jesus had finished this dis course, the crowds were struck by the way he taught, because he taught with authority, unlike their teachers of the law.
Jesus requires us not only to be disciples in words but also in our actions which may be shown in different ways such as in how we live up to the will of God. As disciples, we must show our sincerity by doing God’s will and by allowing God to lord over our lives. “Who or what lords over our lives? Who or what has power over us and our decisions?” Thus, Jesus uses the imagery of a wise man building his house on rock. This signifies that our lives must be founded on God. When we make God our foundation, nothing can ever break our houses down, like houses built on rock. Disasters are inevitable in our lives. They may come in the form of failure, problems, and sickness. It may even come in the form of a spiritual disaster that corrupts and destroys goodness. In this Gospel, we are reminded to continue treating God as our foundation, since houses built in stone can last these disasters. /Vulnerasti, 2022