A reading from the gospel according to Matthew 7:21, 24-27
Jesus said to his disciples:
21 “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.
24 “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.
25 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.
26 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.
27 The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”
Reflection: Doing the will of the Father
There are three wills of God. First is the general or the revealed will. We know His will because He said it so through the scripture. Second, His secret will for the world. No one knows His will until it comes to pass. Third is His specific will for our individual life.
The revealed will is the salvation of everyone and completion of His Kingdom where He is glorified by all of His creation. It is His will that we follow His precepts and that His message of salvation is heard all over the world. It is His will that we abide in Him through prayers and service.
The secret will of God is hidden from us. No one knows what will happen to the world tomorrow and next year. No one knows when the end of the world will come to pass. Likewise, no one can really tell us what time or day will we breathe our last.
The specific will of God for our life is our personal mission. God has given us specific tasks to be accomplished within our lifetime. It is not given to anyone but only to us as individuals. If we listen enough through meditation, we can discern what He wants us to do for our life.
In the gospel above, Jesus is telling us to truly worship Him by doing the revealed will as well as our personal mission. Indeed, some people shout their love for the Lord and yet their actions are contrary to their words. Authentic worship is founded on love which is the greatest commandment. That is the truth and it is His will that we worship in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24).
Jesus uses house as a metaphor for our life. If our life is deeply rooted in Jesus then we will be saved but if our life is based on worldly affairs and aspirations, then we will perish.
Let us do our best to live out the revealed will and let us trust God for his secret will for we know that He loves us and that He is working all things for the good of those who love Him (Rom. 8:28). This means total surrender to Him even as we encounter difficulties that really put our faith on the line.