These days of home improvement TV shows, many start their remodeling hoping they can just improve in place, believing that correcting the problems that can be seen will change their homes and lives. Yet, the common theme in most serious home improvement episodes is that the home’s infrastructure is found lacking. There is always a crumbled foundation, corroded plumbing, roof leak, or electrical issue. Invariably the question arises, what to do? Leave as is and deal with the problems forever, or spend even more time and money to address the infrastructure now. Regardless of choice, resources will be spent, but only one option restores the home to its full function.
It is the same for us, people of the faith. We find God and desire restoration. We start the remodeling but find our infrastructure lacking. We can make it, so we outwardly look like Christians, but does that truly restore us to our full function? The difficult work is to be done in our base, in who we are, now, in the light of Christ. Our Lord tells us that the “old us” cannot contain the “new us” we are called to become.
“People do not put new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the skins burst, the wine spills out, and the skins are ruined. Rather, they pour new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.” (Matthew 9:17)
There is no self-patching of our hearts. From the ground up, in all humility, let us allow God to rebuild us.
“I wall up its breaches, raise up its ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old.” (Amos 9:11)
Through a fully Eucharistic life, we surrender our own rebuild to Christ, in all faith and hope, that we may be lovingly and painstakingly restored to Him, inwardly and outwardly.
Let Us Pray:
Lord, you call us all to yourself that we may live consistent lives in your love, trusting you in your mercy and care for us. We surrender our will to you that you may thoroughly rebuild us, turn us into your New Jerusalem, where you are King, and we are your faithful people. Amen.
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