Open up the gates so that the righteous nation that keeps faith may enter in (Is 26: 2).
The first reading from Isaiah seems to borrow from an entrance ritual of a city that is built on rock and that rock is faith in God and his goodness and mercy. The gospel from Matthew sounds the same refrain. Jesus says it is not those who say: Lord! Lord! who enter the kingdom of God but those who keep faith, are humble, and accept the Messiah with their whole heart and soul. They listen to the word of God and act on it. Faith leads to action.
Fr. Eymard tells us, “The essential thing which should never weaken is to act through pure faith in mercy, in the goodness and power of God; to serve him nobly for himself, for his will and his glory by the sacrifice of one’s comfort and happiness, the loveliness of service, of his gentle consolations, of that healing assurance that he loves you and that his love is satisfied with you.” (St. Eymard to Mrs. Camille d’Andigné, May 29, 1868; Counsels for Spiritual Life, p. 219.)
Who is God for you? What words would you use to state “the essential thing?”
Let Us Pray:
Lord, I believe. Strengthen my faith in your presence and your love.
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)