Lord, Lord

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.”
(Matthew 7:21, 24-27)

Scripture Study

7:21 Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord’ Those who say this acknowledge Jesus as master. The affirmation that Jesus is Lord is meaningless if it is not backed by obedience to God’s will.

7:24 these words of mine Refers to the entire Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5–7). acts on them Hearing and understanding Jesus’ teaching is not sufficient; being His disciple requires action (compare Jas 1:22–25). on rock The builder of this house used bedrock—as opposed to soil or sand—as the foundation.

7:25 the floods came Refers to flash floods. In dry climates like that of Palestine, the ground often could not absorb large amounts of rainwater, resulting in rapid flooding that could produce violent rivers.

7:27 it collapsed and was completely ruined Indicates complete destruction—the fate of those who do not heed Jesus’ teaching. He may be referring to the day of judgment, since this seems to be the focus of Matt 7:21–23.

Scripture Reflection

The Sermon on the Mount ends with a call to action. It is not enough to recognize Jesus as a new Moses or to acknowledge his teaching as a new Torah. The challenge is to respond to the words of the Messiah by walking the high and difficult road that he marks out for us. In essence, it is a summons to live as Jesus lived.

Pope Benedict XVI put it this way: “The Sermon on the Mount is addressed to the entire world, the entire present and future, and yet it demands discipleship and can be understood and lived out only by following Jesus and accompanying him on his journey.”

Should discouragement weigh us down along the way, let us remember that what Jesus demands of us he enables us to do. Apart from the grace that he offers, this new way of living is unattainable—an ethical ideal that could never become real in the lives of disciples. Part of the challenge, then, is to avail ourselves of all the blessings that Jesus makes available to us through prayer and a full participation in the sacramental life of the Church.

– Curtis Mitch and Edward Sri

May the virtues of faith, hope, and love go with you today – DV.

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