READINGS for 2006-09-16
?he is like a man building a house, who dug deep? ? Luke 6:48
1 Corinthians 10:14-22
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READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR Amos 1-3
LAYING THE RIGHT FOUNDATIONS
It is the utmost importance that when we build something, we lay the right foundations that will be able to support it. It is not possible to build a life of holiness and righteousness if our foundations are rooted firmly in the practices and thinking of the world. Everything that we seek to build for the Kingdom of God must be founded first in the truths and will of God. If this is not the case, then it will be like the Psalmist says, ?Unless the Lord build the house; in vain do the builders labor!? (Psalm 127).
When I meet with people for spiritual counsel, it often does not take long to discover that, while they may have great ideals and dreams, these are never going to be able to fulfill them. That?s because the foundations of the life of the person are firmly rooted in the ways of the flesh and the world. What needs to happen first is that the person has to decide to let go of these compromising practices and decide to leave behind the ways of the world
to take on a new way of living for and within the boundaries of the Kingdom of God. It is like a government that wants to build new roads to promote industry in the country. But it does not lay the proper foundations for the streets and fails to reinforce the concrete in the newly built roads. After a short while, the roads begin to crack and deteriorate and we are back where we started with inadequate infrastructure to support the industry of the country.
A life of holiness can only be attained through living a life of discipleship. This means that we have to closely follow the example of Jesus and set our lives on a course for His Kingdom from the bottom up! The first step is to repent of our sin and clear the way for a new foundation to be laid. The second step is to lay the new foundation. This, in the most part, consists in establishing a personal relationship with Jesus through daily prayer and regular Scripture reading. Once this is done, it is maintained through participation in a Christian community, service and regular spiritual reading and reflection. Fr. Steve T.
As we can see, a life of holiness is not something that comes to us without a cost or effort. Are you willing to pay the price?
Lord Jesus, open my heart more fully so that I will hear Your call to follow. Help me to put aside the things in my life that are not compatible with a life of discipleship. I want to be holy ? grant me the grace to help me become more like You.
Sts. Cornelius, pope martyr, pray for us.
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