“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. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many deeds of power in your name?’ Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; go away from me, you evildoers.’
“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!” Now when Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.
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May ours be a home built on the solid foundation of our love, feeling safe, knowing always that we may return to one of the many rooms you have built for us. May the grandfather sitting in the corner of the room, fingering the cross on his rosary beads, be remembered as the blind man who built that home on the rock of his great faith in you. May Our Lady of Perpetual Help be the woman at the heart of that home, so tenderly loving and caring for her children. May we be inspired by Pope Francis’ words: “God has this great joy, when one of us sinners goes to him and asks his forgiveness.” May we come home to you believing, truly sorry no matter our failings, that your divine mercy welcomes us home when we have lost our way. Thank you, dear Lord!
—Kathleen Smolinski has spent her entire working life with the Jesuits, currently as an assistant in the Chicago-Detroit provincial’s office. She is the proud mother of three, grandmother of sixteen, and great-grandma of two.
Lord, we ask for spiritual authority to stand for your truth, your justice, your mercy and understanding. We pray for greater faith to claim your presence in the details of this day.
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