Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
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.” MT 7:21, 24-27
What is the “will of my Father”? We must read the Scriptures and Catechism to seek out the Truth Christ revealed about the will of the Father. If the true intention of our heart is to “enter the Kingdom of heaven”, we will seek Jesus and the Truth in the Scriptures and His life that enters us through a faithful sacramental life. Fr. Barron recommends we look at St Paul’s reading in Galatians 5 if you want to know if you are doing God’s Will.
Freedom for Service.
[j] 13 For you were called for freedom, brothers. But do not use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh; rather, serve[k] one another through love. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one statement, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”[l] 15 But if you go on biting and devouring one another, beware that you are not consumed by one another.
16 I say, then: live by the Spirit and you will certainly not gratify the desire of the flesh.[m] 17 For the flesh has desires against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you may not do what you want. 18 But if you are guided by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 [n]Now the works of the flesh are obvious: immorality, impurity, licentiousness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy, outbursts of fury, acts of selfishness, dissensions, factions,21 occasions of envy,[o] drinking bouts, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 Now those who belong to Christ [Jesus] have crucified their flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit. 26 Let us not be conceited, provoking one another, envious of one another. Gal 5:13-26
We can see if we are doing God’s will in our lives if we see the fruits of the Spirit in our lives.
Since Jesus Christ died and resurrected, we receive the Holy Spirit and the grace of God floods our heart and soul to wash away Original Sin and sanctifies us, makes us holy. We are branded with Christ. Holiness is perfection in God’s eyes, not doing everything perfect, being nervous about everything, worrying about everything, planning everything perfectly, but emptying self, putting on Christ and loving all those we encounter. Also, seeking out those who need our love outside our homes and jobs. We must be holy to enter heaven.
God is complete in Himself we cannot add anything to Him. Our lives are a complete gift, offer your life back to Him, doing His work and returning to Him sanctified like the day you were baptized. When we don’t, we lose the power of the Cross, Jesus’ death and resurrection for us. When we fall away from Jesus, He does not leave us. He stays planted firmly with us, waiting for us to return ready to give us love and mercy. We have every spiritual power in us (intellect, will, memory), we have God in us in the Holy Spirit, we must take time to listen in silence each day to prepare for the battle that starts in our mind to what God has to say in our heart, then put on the armor of God and be ready for the battle to stay holy.
Today’s Advent challenge: Learn to be still. Sit in silence and listen to God in your heart. If the fruits of the Spirit are not present in your life, ask God what you must do to change. Be a servant, fight for holiness, become a saint!
Be a servant become a saint!
Fr. Michael Schmitz on “Am I doing God’s will”
1. Did you pray today?
2. Are you in the state of grace?
3. Are you doing your daily tasks?
I think Jesus is saying that people pray sometimes just for benefits. Like getting into Heaven. They don’t actually live based off their faith but they pray sometimes just to get into Heaven. We need to have a relationship with God. Also we need to do the will of the Father not ours.
What i think the scripture is saying today is that when you do something good, good will happen back to you. If you do something bad, something bad might happen back to you. But what i think Jesus is saying is that calling him, asking him things and talking to him is the right thing to do so he will return and answer us. Where as if we put no effort into talking to him a little bit at least each day he will be watching over us still but wont give us anything in return.
I think The scripture us telling us that you can’t just fake it you must truly be immersed in it. You must do what God says and try to live a life of holiness. When people act like they are better than everyone they are not following God. God wants us to except everyone with open arms.
This gospel taught me that even though I pray and I go to Mass, I still need to think that God is my savior. I still need to participate in Mass, I need to truthfully love and serve God. You won’t go to heaven if you don’t think that God is there for you, and you just go to Mass because your parents want you. I have to truthfully love and trust God.
I think that Jesus is telling us that DOING our Faith isn’t PRACTICING our faith. If we say a recited prayer without even thinking about it while I’m saying it, it doesn’t actually even amount to anything. We need to be sure to know what we are praying, especially what we Profess at Sunday Mass after Father’s homily. The Nicene and Apostles’ Creeds are very important because it sums up everything that we believe about Our Lord Jesus Christ and the Trinity. If we aren’t actually thinking about our prayers, we aren’t really praying.
In today’s gospel I am hearing that our relationship with God has to be as strong a a well built house. Well built houses don’t collapse under the worse conditions. Our love for God shall never fail. Just like a house that will never fall we must stay strong with God.
In today’s scripture, Jesus tells us that a person who listens to the Word is like a person building a house on strong rock, and someone that doesn’t listen builds it on sand. When a person is building a house, they want it to be strong. They know something will happen to it eventually so they must be wise. We are anticipating the second coming of Christ and we must be prepared and “build our house on rock”.
I think this is trying to show us that God gave us the freedom to do almost anything we wanted to on Earth, but we should worship him with that free will that we have. It’s almost like showing him that we care and love him.
I think the scripture is saying that even though we are Christians we can’t expect us to automatically get into the kingdom of Heaven. We have to truly devote ourselves to God and love him with all our hearts. And we have to try our very best to not let Satan and temptation get to us.
Jesus is telling us in Scripture to be firm in your faith to go to Heaven. He tells us that the fool will build his house on sand saying that the people who don’t stay firm in their faith and follow Scripture, will not be able to go to Heaven. But the people who build their house on a solid rock, a firm relationship, will be able to be with God in Heaven. God wants us to go to Heaven with Him but to do so, you must follow Jesus in Scripture and have a good relationship with Him.
It means if you listen to the way God is talking to you, you will make the right decision and will make sure that you are taken care of. God is someone you can talk to and who can make you feel comfortable. He brings out the good in you and the people around you. I like the way this was written by saying that “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.”
Those God has chosen are not of this world. The world will persecute you because of your faith, but do not be afraid. No, I have no authority to preach God’s Word, and I am not worthy to. But I do know that no one who is of this world can enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but the ones who reject this world is truly one with Christ.
Jesus says in this Gospel that we need to keep our faith strong like a house. If we build our faith strong nothing can break it. Like when Jesus said “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.” But when we don’t build our faith like a house it will collapse. Like when Jesus said, “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.”
God knows the way, and I need to understand that and that there will be hard times but its all part of his plan
This is great. Jesus wants us to get into the kingdom of heaven, and he tells us that to do so, simply calling him “Lord” won’t get us the full way there. We will only get to heaven if we do the Will of the Father, as Jesus says. If we aren’t doing God’s will, then what point would there be in going to heaven? We need to remember that in our daily lives: Only doing God’s Will will get us to heaven. We only have one life to live. So let’s live it for God.
today’s scripture is telling me that we can say that we are doing what God wants us to do, that we are being as good as we can be, we can tell God we’re sorry, but none of it really counts. We need to be actually doing what God wants us to do and we actually need to be sorry.
The Gospel tells us that no matter how much you pray, you have to act on Jesus’ word to enter his kingdom. People set on a strong foundation of faith and who actively practice it will be strong when the world is hard on others.
I think that He is telling us in this Gospel to keep our faith very strong. He is saying to never stop believing especially in those trying times, those are the times when we need to be the most strong in our faith.
I think this scripture means that just because God loves us, doesn’t mean that we can do whatever we want. Although He gave us the freedom to choose, we shouldn’t take advantage of that. If he calls us to do something, we should not only say we will do it, but actually go through with it.
You can’t just listen to the words of Jesus and not act on them. You must pay attention to what he is saying and spread the word.
What stuck out to me was when it said, “But it did not fall”. What this meant to me was that even though we may go through hard times, Jesus will always be there for you and me.
The sentence that stood out to me today was “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.” Like why does God use all these strange examples? He understands that we as human have trouble believing without proof. So he sets up these little examples for us to help us.
The scripture tells us that if we have faith in God and give our life to him our life will be steady. If you turn away for Him then life will be unbalanced. Put your faith in God and you life will be healthy and holy. Turn away from Him then you will be lost. If we listen to God’s will then our life can be complete.
this Scripture is telling us that the one who believes in what Jesus has to say or follows him will like be saved and like the example of the house how the people believing on what Jesus say is keeping the house from breaking down from not get ruined in the flood and the rain and it just telling us this is how strong we need our faith in to listen to his words to listen to what he has to say to us.
The scripture today talks about the wise old man and the fool. It shows that you have to fully commit yourself to God you can’t just kind of believe or just go to mass whenever it is convenient for you. You must sacrifice for God like he sacrificed his only son for us.
I think that today’s scripture is telling us that we need to truly love God. In today’s world people do things to an average level. God needs you to be devoted to Him and to love Him with all of your heart. God knows when you are truly sincere. But no matter what God will always love us.
I think Jesus is saying that if we believe in him strong enough than we can go through anything. Jesus says that our faith has to be a strong house in a storm. The house doesn’t fall because it’s well built and if we build our faith strong enough than we can withstand the storm of the devil.
It’s telling you to not make the wrong choices in life, to listen to what God has to tell you about what will happen in your life.
I think the scripture is saying we should know and love God. We should always try to do the right thing and help others.
He’s trying to tell his disciples that if they listen to the word of God that they will be able to have stronger faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and God. And that one day be able to rest in heaven with our descendants.
This scripture means that if you are a christian are Caltholic you will still enter the Kingdom Of God. But if you are a baptist are anything else then christian or Caltholic you might not go to the Kingdom Of God
Baptists are still Christian and can get into heaven. They are baptized.
We should have a strong foundation in my faith. If we don’t then this world will try to destroy our faith and everything will collapse. One way to make my foundation stronger is to read the Catechism. It has all of our beliefs and truths. If someone were to question our faith we should be able to over come it. Another thing I learned from this scripture passage is that not everyone who believes in Jesus will go to Heaven. You have to truly know and love God. You have to act on His word.
I think that this scripture is telling us to not just pray but to pray with a purpose. Often times when I pray the words just come out with no thought. What we need to do is to listen to the prayers, for example the Hail Mary, we hail Mary and then asks her to pray for us. The scripture also shows us to not flaunt our prayers and use them to get attention, and also to not hide them from other people.
We need to know HOW to worship God, we can’t just say the prayers and not ever think deeply about it. We need to BELIEVE in our faith. We need to be able to change ourselves for him.
Jesus said we need to build our faith strong. For that we need a good foundation. Is this your religion? Or is it just your parents. You need to have firm beleif to built your strong faith. A good foundation makes a stable building.
Todays Scripture is saying if we do not listen to Gods intentions then our life is like a poorly built house that collapses at the the smaller things but if we do follow Gods intentions then our sould will be strong like a well built house that stays up in the strongest conditions.
I think that through this scripture, Jesus is trying to tell us that even if we are Catholic and pray, does not mean that we are doing the will of God. You have to be following Jesus and doing as He says in order to get to Heaven someday. Not everyone that prays, or appears holy, will get to Heaven.
I think this passage is saying that you don’t just do something without a purpose. You can pray but not have it mean anything. We pray so we get closer to God. We need to really think about what we are saying and believe in it or it doesn’t really do you any good.
I think the scripture is telling us we can’t fake being holy.
“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them” We can hear what is going on at Mass, we can see the priest raise the host and the wine, we can taste the Eucharist, and not give a second thought. We need to act on it, as Jesus says in the Gospel reading today. We need to listen to what is going on in mass, we need to believe that the host and wine is Jesus, and we need to let the Eucharist change us, make us into better people and better servants of God.
I think this scripture is telling me even though I go to Mass ever Sunday, and I go to religion class does not mean I just get to go to Heaven. I have to actually have a relationship with God, and believe that He is the one and only savior.
I think this scripture is Jesus telling us to be faithful. Jesus says “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.” You can pray, you can say your rosary and you can go to mass. But it is not truly a miracle if you don’t mean the words you are saying. In order to have that actual relationship with God you have to mean the words that you are saying to him. Like in the our father for instance. When we say “our father who art in heaven” are we actually meaning the words we are saying? Are we actually calling God our father? We have to be faithful in the words of God. We can’t just go through the motions. We have to connect with God so he can show us the truth. The true way of life!
What I got from today’s scripture reflection was that we need to Be strong and listen to God. Today’s gospel sounds like the 3 little pigs story. If they other 2 pigs would have put some effert on the house they built it would have been as strong as the 3rd. This is like our relationship with God, He always put forth full effert but it is the matter if we put forward as much as He does. If we have a strong relationship with Him and in the faith our house will not fall.
I think today’s gospel is saying that if you are kind and pray to God you will be rewarded, But if you treat others badly and do not pray you will go to hell.
This scripture is telling us that we have to have s strong faith to enter into heaven. When we pray, we can’t just say the words. We have to mean what we say. When we go to mass, we have to fully participate. We can’t just sit, stand, or kneel. We need to read the readings and that gospel and really pay attention to what the priest and lecturer is saying. Saying we are Catholic does not mean that we will all go to heaven. We must truly try to enter into heaven and be with God forever.
I think this scripture is telling us that we need to be strong in our faith. If we are not strong, we will collapse in our faith. But, if we are weak in our faith, we need to work to get stronger in our faith. We can do this by praying, going to mass, helping people out, etc.
“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. if we do the will of our savor Jesus Christ we will be rewarded with the gift of Heaven.
I think this Scripture message is saying that we cannot just say “Oh yeah I’m Catholic and I believe in God” and go to heaven immediately after we die, but we must do things to show we are Catholic and that we believe in God. If you do God’s will, you will get rewarded with eternal life. This can be seen in the parable, “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.” If you do God’s will, “Build your house on a rock” then you will be rewarded with eternal life “It will not collapse.
Jesus says just calling “Lord, Lord” will not automatically get us to Heaven. “Lord, Lord” isn’t a secret password to get into the tree house of Heaven. No, rather it is a title of importance and value. Calling out to Him, He hears us.We, in turn, should listen back. We should listen to what God has to say, instead of just doing the talking. Think about your best friend. When only you talk, your friend can’t say anything back, or vice versa. So if we want God to be our best friend, how do we do that? If we are praying, but don’t “hear anything” is it really just because we don’t give God time to respond? When we sit in the silence of prayer, we give God the time to answer our prayers. If we can’t “hear” him, the problem isn’t God. It’s us in our impatience. God works in small, quiet ways, exactly the reason He needs our silence.
We must do the Will of the Father. In the silence we provide for Him, He will tell us what needs to be done. He won’t just send you on your way, He will answer and aid. So, do the Will, listen to it in silence, then do what you are told with total obedience and excitement.
I think it is telling us that we should not be afraid of going to Heaven we have to be joyful. Religion class is never a game, learn, leave, and forget about everything Mr. Goertz has taught us in that hour. If your Catholic then your Christian. Confirmation helps the Holy Spirit be with you. Baptism makes you Catholic. We need our faith strong like a house. If we don’t have faith like the house it will crumble. What the scripture says is true “God is complete in Himself we cannot add anything to Him. Our lives are a complete gift, offer your life back to Him, doing His work and returning to Him sanctified like the day you were baptized.”
This gospel is telling is that we need to pray to get to heaven. But some people pray but they don’t really take their time or pay attention to what they are praying about they just do it to get it done. A real pray is when you are really there with God taking your time to talk to Him. Although a prayer can be as simple as telling God thank you, but we can’t tell God thank you if were no actually thankful. So when you pray make sure you are taking your time to talk to God.
To me this scripture means to follow in God’s lead as a Christian you will be able to enter in the Kingdom of God. But baptism is key in the way of Catholic faith.
I think God is saying the way you get into heaven is not by saying you follow Him, but actually showing Him that you are worthy through your actions and not just your words.
I think this scripture means that people just pray sometimes to be like other people and not really mean it. Some people pray just to go to Heaven. We the people need to reflect more on trying to speak with Jesus and getting to know him better.
Jesus is trying to tell us that sometimes, we pray for the benefit instead of the faith. We have to love God with all of our heart, mind and soul. We have to offer all that we have to God. Our faith has to be the foundation of our life.
“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.” This line stuck out to me. “the will of the father” I think Jesus is telling us that we can’t be private Catholics, praying in our rooms and in churches (which is important) but that cant be the only thing, you have to act on the gospel, help others, love your enemies, you have to follow your vocation. you have to be almost like Jesus in that, he is all human all divine, we have to be all spiritual all physical.
The gospel told me that we need to keep our faith strong like a house. If we don’t pray or praise God then there is a leak in the roof so when it rain it leaks. Just like when we need God we just can’t expect him to be there for us we to always be there for him, just like how that leak in the roof won’t fix its self we need to fix it ourselves. So we need to always have a strong relationship with God so our faith can be as strong as a house.
This gospel is saying like whenever you do something nice for someone then someone will be nice to you. God wants everyone to be nice to each other and not put each other down. You should always try to act like God because he will do anything for anyone.
The part that stood out to me today was when it says that not everyone who listens to Jesus will get to go to heaven “but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven”. If you listen to Jesus and tell people you believe in it but then you never do anything that Jesus tells you to do or you don’t actually believe then it defeats the whole point. It’s like reading something but you don’t actually try to comprehend or remember anything about it. You have to show that you trust Jesus through your actions and not just empty words if you want to go to heaven and stay there with God forever.
I think this scripture passage is telling me that if i want to get to Heaven, then I need to actually want it and try to get it, by praying every single day. I can’t just only pray on the days where I feel like it. I can’t pray just because I want something. It needs to be a consistent every day thing and you have to be genuine.
In this gospel Jesus is telling us about a house built on rock, and many things attempts to destroy it. Many things like rain, floods, and winds, passed through the house to tempt it to fall. Jesus refers this gospel to us. We are that house. We have to stand firm, to not doubt in him, and to not let the devil tempt us away from God. As Christians, we will not get the easy way, we will get our hardships and get persecuted. We cannot let anything take us away from our religion.
“Everyone who listens to the word of mine and ACTS upon them will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” What good is it if we go to Mass and say prayers if we don’t do something about it? We could say the our father 300 times and not think about what we are saying. That does nothing. Likewise, what good is it if we hear the will of the Father but not do anything. We’re just sitting there listening and when it’s over? Cool, now I’m going to go do whatever I want. BYE! No! That’s not how we should do this. We are called to do the Will of the Father. Which we can find in prayer and in Mass, but only if you listen for it. You won’t hear it unless you choose to. Then we will have built our house on a rock and stand strong in all of the troubles and denials of Jesus with the strength to have Faith. If we’re built on sand, we will falter and give in. Destroy the Faith in our minds. We have to act in the Mass and in prayer. All you have to do is listen for the Will of the Father.
You need to do the will of the father to enter into the kingdom of heaven. Since God is love than the will of the father is to love. We should love each other daily, no matter how hard it is to love. Sometimes it is tough to love. Maybe you think the person is just too annoying or you just really don’t want to do the dishes. But if your desire is to enter into the kingdom of heaven then you must love your neighbor, even when it is hard.
I can 100% relate to today’s message because sometimes in prayer I do this I ask for God for certain things and use him like a “slot machine”- papa g. I think it is important that when we pray we work hard for what we asked God, do the most that we can to make whatever it is the outcome, God will help you and guide you not just give it you, prayers take time in the mean time work hard to get to where you need to be.
In this Gospel, I can see that Jesus is telling us to act upon the word of the Lord and to follow Him. If we do what He asks from us, we may enter the gates of Heaven and experience true happiness. But if we don’t act upon His will, we will suffer from sadness. He wants us to be happy, but He also wants us to spread His love across the entire world. He wants all of us to enter Heaven and not to suffer in Hell.
We have to build our lives on Jesus, our rock, just as we do our houses on strong ground. Otherwise we will be swept away in the flood of sin, and lose ourselves and our way. Even if we’re depressed, we must continue to stick together and keep our promises. Stick to God, and he will be with you always.
Today Jesus is telling us that just believing in him isn’t a ticket out of hell and into heaven. He is telling us that we’ve got to put some work into it so that we can enter into his holy presence. How many times have we messed up, and just assumed, “Oh I believe in God, I don’t need to go to confession, he knows I love him, he will still let me enter into his presence”. That’s not how it works. We need to put some effort into this relationship, just like any other. We need to put some effort into this relationship, or else it’s completely one sided. God will always love us, it only depends if we love him as well.
What the scripture is saying to me that you can think you believe and you can keep saying it but you have to fully devote yourself to God and resist temptation. Its easy getting on the rock but its harder to stay on it that’s why we need the Lord and we need to pray daily. We also have to work to get to heaven, just because we “believe” does not mean its a free gateway into Heaven.
I think that one thing the scripture is saying is, when you pray, do it purposefully, meaningfully and make a habit and foundation of it. If you build a house with a bad foundation, it will fall eventually. But if you make a good foundation and plan, it will stay up. I can apply this to my life with prayer. By making a good foundation, I will stay in my faith and continue. When I commit myself to prayer everyday purposefully, good will come out of it. Advent is definitely a time of making that happen especially with what we celebrate on Christmas.
This scripture reminds me of what our priests say, “To participate in mass, not listen to it.” We can’t live a faithful life if we don’t use our heart and soul to worship the Lord. We can’t stare blankly into space or let the Word of God go through one ear and out the other. The purpose is to have a good, strong relationship with God. We can’t do that if we don’t use our spirit, mind, heart, and soul to listen. If we do open our ears, eyes, and heart, we can finally hear that God is speaking to us, and that the Kingdom of heaven is waiting for us.
In the Gospel today especially in the beginning of the Gospel Jesus tells us just because we pray and we go to church doesn’t mean we get to heaven. It’s good that we go to church and pray but if we don’t take it seriously or get anything out of it then it is worthless and will not help us get to heaven.
Todays Scripture is to believe in God, trust him and not to lose faith in him. We need to believe so we can reach heaven and to talk to him when we get there.
In this passage I think it is trying to show us that God gave us the freedom to do almost anything we wanted to on Earth, but we should worship him right now for our whole lives because we can do the whatever we want in Heaven and we don’t have that kind of freedom in Hell so we need to use the time that we have left and pray to God
I think Jesus is telling us that we need to be strong with our faith and that people who act on God’s words will be great and holy
I think that this parable can be put into our lives by comparing the house on the rocks to our Catholic faith. Since we are growing up and learn about Catholicism from a young age, we are building ourselves a strong foundation, like the house on the rocks. Having a good foundation can help you when the storms come, or when you might be going through something bad in life, having a goo faith can help you fight though it.
I think Jesus is saying that we need to actually be included in the faith, and not just be there because we have to. We need to actually interact with Jesus. We need to pray more often.
This Scripture reminds me that just because I say something trying to prove to God that I am holy, that doesn’t mean I’m getting into Heaven. I sometimes think that just because I pray a rosary every day, or pray before meals, or do things that are said to get you to Heaven, I will get to Heaven. But what I’m not realizing is that I can’t just go through the actions, day after day, without thinking about what I’m doing. I have to actually participate in the gifts God has given us, and make an effort to understand what He is trying to tell us.
Listenening to the Word or Gospel during Mass or anyother time and walking away like they were just words. But hearing those words and acting upon those words will help you get to heaven.
This is a story I am sure many of us recollect. I was told it very much but never looked past it being a story. In the Scripture Jesus tells us this story as a lesson. Jesus tells us that anyone that hears my word and acts on it will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. For not everyone who hears it will act on it. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven. This is what love is. Jesus is showing us that he can give us the word but we need to act on it, we need to Respond.
I think that this Gospel is trying to tell us that God should be our rock. Just like in the parable, when we build our life upon God who is our rock, we will have a strong foundation and we will be able to overcome the toughest of challenges. The sand in this parable is the world and it’s worldly views. When we build our life in the views of the world, our beliefs can disproved in the blink of the eye because they have no foundation unlike the Word of God. One of the church’s greatest blessings is being able to trace ourselves directly back to Jesus and the Apostles. This fortifies our beliefs in Him and it allows us to stay faithful even when it is hard.
In life we can not keep doing the same sins over and over then saying God I am really sorry please forgive me then go and do the same sins again. Because even though God will always forgive us he still knows the true intentions of our hearts.
Jesus is saying today that just because you or I said Lord Lord doesn’t mean we will get into heaven he is saying that some people will but those people that do get into heaven pray to him everyday and follow his foot steps. He is also saying sometime prayer will benefit how to get closer to him.
Jesus is telling us people think if they pray that they will go straight to heaven but that’s not how that works because even if you pray every day you still have sin in this broken world. But even though just praying isn’t enough to go to heaven you should still pray meaningful prayers. Like what Mr Goertz says we cant use God as a slot machine.
I think this scripture is telling me is that if you go to church pay attention because if you dont that really doesnt count as going to church.same thing as our faith if we never pray but say you are christians your not a real christian,to have eternal life with God you have to pray your basically being a fake catholic/christian if you do that.
To me this means that God is saying that people who say they are catholic and believe in God won’t go to heaven and the people who show that they believe, that read the bible and share the word will then make it heaven and be able to receive God’s grace. That is why people should start reading the bible more and praying to God so that they can get to heaven.
I think the gospel was telling me to keep my faith strong. In order to get to Heaven, we need to do God’s will and help others and pray every day. If we are nice to others, we will get it in return. We need to know that he will do anything for us and believe that he will do anything for not just you, everyone.
What I think the Gospel is saying today is that if you just say the words of God and not actually want to say it you might make it to heaven but If you actually say the words with a purpose and do what God is calling you to do you will go to heaven for sure. But if your just saying the words and doing the actions because someone makes you then your not going to get to heaven. I can apply this to my life by not just doing the actions at church and just saying the words because I know them I need to know what they mean and why they mean that.
jesus is here to help us
I think this scripture is trying to tell me that God gave me my life as a gift. A gift because he loved me and wanted to grow a relationship with me. I think I should spend more time giving my life up to him/
I think that today’s Gospel is telling us that it’s not enough to just listen to the Word of God, but we also need to understand what Jesus is trying to teach us, and then use that knowledge in everyday life. Like the man who built his house on rock, who understood that we need to incorporate Jesus’s teachings into our life, we need to do the same. And not just in Church, but in everything we do, everything that we say, everything that we think, too. If we do this we grow even closer to God and our family in Heaven.
Mr. Goertz, my mother really liked the deer jerky that you made, and I think that my father would like it as well. Do you think that you could make a small bag for me and my family? Thanks! -Your student, Quinlan Farley
I’ll see what I can do!
I think that this scripture is trying to tell me that my life is a gift from God. A gift that was given to me out of the love and kindness of God’s heart. He gave it to me because he wanted to grow a relationship with me. I think I should start giving my life up to God, and connect with him.
I think what this scripture reading is saying that if we just listen to what God is trying to tell us it is not enough. We should listen to his words but we should also act upon what he is saying. He wants us to join him in Heaven when our time has come, but we have to listen to his words and we also have to act upon them. That will lead us to a great life into Heaven.
This scripture is telling us that people may say that they are a follower of Jesus just so they will fit in. But they will not do the will of God if he asks them to though. If you do the will of God then you will thrive, prosper, and have eternal life. Those who just say that they are Catholic and don’t do the will of God will not live eternal life.
I think the Gospel is saying we have to work to get to Heaven. No one except Jesus can automatically get to Heaven.We can not just assume that because we are Christians we get to Heaven.We have to pray and not fail God to get to Heaven.
This scripture is trying to say don’t be the fool to know about me and choose something else over me be the person to follow me and build a good foundation of love with God so we can enter the kingdom of heaven and love God for all eternity and be happy.
I think today’s scripture means that we can go to mass and read the bible but we actually have to act on these things. We can read the bible, the bible says to treat others as we want to be treated, but we can go outside and not do any thing the bible says.
I think the gospel is trying to tell us no to be scared to go to heaven. Because heaven is a happy everlasting place of love. We should never be worried to go to heaven because we will be with Jesus. Believing is Jesus is the ticket to get into heaven and keeping the faith strong in our hearts will help us be prepared when the time comes.
You may ask this question, so some people say that the believe in God, but do they? Why are we worrying about others when our faith may not be as strong as we imagine? This passage is telling us that even if you read the Bible really fast and don’t take time to comprehend it, you are lost. We should not go around saying we are Catholic, but not show it. If we do not believe in God life will be really hard. Just like a house in a rain storm, if you are in love with God you are sturdy and can handle anything life throws at you. If your house is built our of hay and is not sturdy your life will be crumby. You might say, ” I believe in God but bad stuff still happens to me.” Well here is the news, even if you believe in God you may not be happy all the time, but you will be spiritually happy with God.
The words that stuck out to me was “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.” It stood out to me because its like when your teaching is lecturing about the stuff for the homework today.You hear whats hes saying but then you go and do the homework and get an F because you didn’t listen in class.This is like the scripture today.
This scripture sounds like you need to not just beleive in God but to be cooperative in your faith and ask for help because you can’t do everything by yourself, it’s almost exactly like the sport basketball you need to pass to ask for help and it makes your team better and it also would make your life a lot easier and less stressful to ask for help to God.
Today, I think this scripture is saying that even though we are Christians we can’t expect to automatically get to Heaven. We are all human and we all sin but that is not just a ticket to Heaven. We have to truly devote ourselves to God and love and trust him with all our hearts. Even though sometimes it might be hard. But, he knows the most and is doing it for the best of us. We have to try our very best and hardest to not let Satan and all his evil temptations get to us.
What I think Jesus is saying in the scripture today is that we can’t just go through the motions in mass and in our faith. We have to go the extra mile to get to heaven. We have to do God’s will to get to Heaven not just going through the motions.
What I think God is trying to tell us in the scripture today is that we need to participate in our faith. We need to participate more and bring Jesus into our everyday lives. God wants us to except him but won’t force us to. We need to accept him as our havenly father.
I think the scripture is telling us if we want to enter heaven we need seek the scripture. And seeking the scriptures means seeking Jesus. All of the truth about our lives is inside the scriptures. And every day, more and more is being taught about the scripture. To conclude, read the scripture. (aka the Bible)
This scripture reflection is telling me that we all need to prepare for the second coming. Because when it comes, Jesus will take with him who needs to go to heaven and leave the rest who doesn’t. Among the people who go to heaven, are the people that followed God, Jesus, and became the best version of themselves.