Because of our good Lord's tender love to all those who shall be saved, he quickly comforts them saying, "The cause of all this pain is sin. But all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well." These words were said so kindly and without a hint of blame.So how unjust it would be for me to blame God for allowing my sin when he does not blame me for falling into it.
-- Blessed Julian of Norwich
Matthew 7: 21, 24 - 27
"Not every one who says to me, `Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
"Every one then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock;
and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.
And every one who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand;
and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it."
In today's world there are so many competing voices for our attention that it is easy to be diverted from the Lord's teaching. Especially, at this time with Christmas approaching and the focus being drilled down to shopping and gift buying.
Lest we forget that we are in the second week of advent and by focusing on the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is especially important to remember the children by keeping some signs of the birth of the baby Jesus to help them retain a healthy focus for the true meaning of this time of the year.
In our household we keep an advent reminder with an advent wreath of four candles, and each day we light, for example today, the two candles representing the second week of advent, and of the fact that Jesus' birthday is just two weeks away.
The foundation that we are building today is about the words of Matthew who reminds us that if we have a strong faith we will always be able to build our faith stronger and stronger without fear of being sidetracked by the temptations of Satan and his minions.