An excerpt from today’s Gospel on the Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time speaks to us about the strength of faith and living according to Jesus’ teachings:
- 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.”
Quite simply, if you live according to the teachings of Jesus you will survive whatever life throws at you. It will not always be easy, as depicted by the symbolism of the storms and waves crashing upon the rock the house was built upon. But you will make it through. That is tough to remember, but important. Many times I was about to quit and give up, but persevered and found serenity.
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