|Thursday of the First Week in Advent
MT 7:21, 24-27
Jesus said to his disciples: “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.
“Everyone then who hears 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 beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock.
“And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its fall!”
Gracious God, allow us to stand on the wisdom of your Holy Word. Give us courage to act on the foundation of your love for us. Wash away our flimsy attitudes, our weak words of self-importance and our collapsing foundations of doubt and insincerity. In these Advent days, open our lives, our decisions, our futures to your holy and wise presence. Sustain us in our desire for you and the love you offer your people. Give us patience to interpret your Word, give us loving discernment in our decision making, grant us peace to live out the miracle of your presence within us. Create wisdom within us. Amen