Thought of the day
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Thursday of the Twelfth week in Ordinary Time

"To enter the kingdom of heaven... you must do the will of my Father "

What can be sweeter to us, dearest brethren, than this voice of our Lord inviting us? Behold in his loving mercy the Lord shows us the way of life... And, if we wish to dwell in the tabernacle of his kingdom, unless we run there with good deeds we shall not arrive. But let us ask the Lord with the prophet: “O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy mountain?” (Ps 15,1).  Then, brethren, let us hear the Lord answering and showing us the way to that tabernacle and saying: “He who walks blamelessly and does justice; who thinks the truth in his heart..., who harms not his fellow man, nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor” (vv.2-3)...

      Such men as these, fearing the Lord, are not puffed up on account of their good works, but judging that they can do no good of themselves and that all comes from God...: “Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name give the glory” (Ps 115[114b],1). So the apostle Paul imputed nothing of his preaching to himself, but said: “By the grace of God I am what I am” (1Cor 15,10)...

     Wherefore the Lord also says in the Gospel: “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 solidly set on rock”. Having given us these instructions, the Lord daily expects us to make our lives correspond with his holy admonitions. And the days of our lives are lengthened and a respite allowed us for this very reason, that we may amend our evil ways. For the Apostle says: “Are you unaware that the kindness of God would lead you to repentance?” (Rm 2,4). For the merciful Lord says: “Do I not rather rejoice when the wicked turns from his evil way that he may live?” (Ez 18,23).