Posted by: frburke23 | June 24, 2015

Thought for Thursday, 12th Week in Ordinary Time

Matthew 7:21-29

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.
Many will say to me on that day,
‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name?
Did we not drive out demons in your name?
Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’
Then I will declare to them solemnly,
‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.’

“Everyone who listens to 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 buffeted the house.
But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.
And everyone who listens to these words of mine
but does not act on them
will be like a fool who built his house on sand.
The rain fell, the floods came,
and the winds blew and buffeted the house.
And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”

When Jesus finished these words,
the crowds were astonished at his teaching,
for he taught them as one having authority,
and not as their scribes.


Jesus is telling His disciples that the Christian life is not just about words – it is about action.  It is about doing the will of God the Father.  It is easy to proclaim to others that Jesus is your savior.  It is much more difficult to show that He is your savior by your actions.

For example, I can say that you are a good friend.  But if I never take time to visit you, speak to you, or listen to you, then my actions show that you are not my friend.  Our actions speak louder than words.

We can say that Jesus is our friend and savior.  We can wear crosses around our necks and put bumper stickers on our cars.  However, if we do not show our love for Jesus by visiting Him, speaking to Him and listening to Him, our words are empty.  If we do not love our neighbor, even our enemy, then our words are empty. 

Granted we are all sinners.  We do not love perfectly.  There are days when we fail to love God and our neighbor.  There are days when we are hypocrites – our actions do not coincide with the faith that we profess.  It is so important to do an examen at the end of each day, reflecting on the graces of the day and the times when we failed to love.  When I realize that I have failed to love, that is when I should drop to my knees and ask for mercy and start over again.  This Christian life is about daily conversion.

The foundation of our Christian life is solid if we listen to the Word of God and act on it.  Where is the Lord asking me to put my faith into action?  Where do I need more conversion in my life?  Am I investing in my relationship with the Lord daily?  Does this relationship with the Lord pour out in love to my neighbor?

Have a blessed day!

Fr. Burke

Here is the Spanish translation:

Mateo 7:21-29

Jesús dijo a sus discípulos:
“No todo el que me dice ‘Señor, Señor’
entrará en el Reino de los cielos,
sino sólo el que hace la voluntad de mi Padre que está en los cielos.
Muchos me dirán aquel día:
‘Señor, Señor, ¿Acaso no profetizamos en tu nombre?
¿Acaso no expulsamos demonios en tu nombre?
¿Acaso no hicimos milagros en tu nombre? ‘
Entonces yo les declararé solemnemente,
‘Jamás los conocí. Apártense de mí, malhechores.’
“Todo el que escuche estas palabras mías y las pone en práctica
será como un hombre sabio que edificó su casa sobre roca.
Cayó la lluvia, vinieron los torrentes,
y los vientos soplaron y abofetearon la casa.
Pero no se derrumbó; estaba cimentada sólidamente sobre la roca.
Y todo el que escuche estas palabras mías
pero no las pone en práctica
será como un hombre imprudente que edificó su casa sobre arena.
Cayó la lluvia, vinieron los torrentes,
y los vientos soplaron, y abofetearon la casa.
Y se derrumbó y quedó completamente arruinada”.
Cuando Jesús terminó estas palabras,
las multitudes quedaron asombradas de su enseñanza,
porque les enseñaba como quien tiene autoridad,
y no como los escribas.


Jesús está diciendo a Sus discípulos que la vida Cristiana no se trata sólo de palabras – se trata de acción. Se trata de hacer la voluntad de Dios Padre. Es fácil proclamar a los demás que Jesús es tu salvador. Es mucho más difícil demostrar que Él es tu salvador por tus acciones.

Por ejemplo, yo puedo decir que eres un buen amigo. Pero si nunca me tomo el tiempo para visitarte, hablarte, o escucharte, entonces mis acciones demuestran que no eres mi amigo. Nuestras acciones hablan más que las palabras.

Podemos decir que Jesús es nuestro amigo y salvador. Podemos usar cruces alrededor del cuello y poner pegatinas en los coches. Sin embargo, si no mostramos nuestro amor por Jesús visitándolo, hablándole y escuchándolo, nuestras palabras están vacías. Si no amamos a nuestro prójimo, incluso a nuestro enemigo, entonces nuestras palabras están vacías.

Por supuesto que todos somos pecadores. No amamos a la perfección. Hay días en que fallamos en amar a Dios y a nuestro prójimo. Hay días en que somos hipócritas  nuestras acciones no coinciden con la fe que profesamos. Es muy importante hacer un examen al final de cada día, reflexionando sobre las gracias del día y los momentos en los que fallamos en amar. Cuando me doy cuenta de que he fallado en amar, ahí es cuando debo caer de rodillas y pedir misericordia y comenzar de nuevo. Esta Vida Cristiana es sobre la conversión diaria.

El fundamento de nuestra vida Cristiana es sólido si escuchamos la Palabra de Dios y la ponemos en práctica. ¿Dónde está pidiéndome el Señor a poner mi fe en acción? ¿Dónde necesito más conversión en mi vida? ¿Estoy invirtiendo en mi relación con el Señor diariamente? ¿Esta relación con el Señor derrama en amor a mi prójimo?

¡Tengan un día bendecido!

Fr. Burke 



  1. Good Morning Burke, just wanted to thank you for your posts each day. I attend daily Mass but there is no homily.  Your thoughts on the daily readings round things out for me.  Your in my prayers.  I hope I’m in yours.  Pat. From: Fr. Burke Masters To: Sent: Wednesday, June 24, 2015 4:28 PM Subject: [New post] Thought for Thursday, 12th Week in Ordinary Time #yiv2477998704 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv2477998704 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv2477998704 a.yiv2477998704primaryactionlink:link, #yiv2477998704 a.yiv2477998704primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv2477998704 a.yiv2477998704primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv2477998704 a.yiv2477998704primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv2477998704 | frburke23 posted: “Matthew 7:21-29Jesus 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.Many will say to me on that day,’Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy” | |

    • Thanks Pat. Yes, you are in my prayers. God bless you and your family!

  2. Good morning Father Burke. I hope you are well. Question: are we as Catholics able to attend church at an Episcopalian church and receive communion?

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