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Fr. Steven Scherrer, MM, ThD
Homily of Thursday, 12th Week of the Year, June 26, 2014
2 Kings 24:8-17, Ps. 78, Matt. 7:21-29

Scripture quotations are from the RSV unless otherwise noted.

"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" (Matt. 7:21).

Those who believe in Christ and are forgiven and justified by his work on the cross, must then obey him and do his will to grow still more in holiness, and not lose their justification and salvation. If we do not do God's will, we will not be saved on the last day, for, as St. Paul says, "we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive good or evil according to what he has done in the body" (2 Cor. 5:10). "For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then he will reward each according to his works" (Matt. 16:27 NKJV). Those who do God's will by helping others will be the sheep at the right hand of the Son of Man and will enter the kingdom of heaven, while those who do not do God's will by not helping others will be the goats at his left hand who will go "into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels" (Matt. 25:41).

We should "be doers of the word, and not hearers only" (James 1:22), for "faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead" (James 2:17). We must give witness to our faith in Christ before others, and not be ashamed of him. This means doing the will of God in the sight of others, and not being ashamed of doing his will, "for whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also be ashamed, when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels" (Mark 8:38). Rather, "everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven" (Matt. 10:32).

We should be lights for others, and not hide our light and our faith in Christ. We should not put our light "under a bushel, but on a stand" (Matt. 5:15). "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven" (Matt. 5:16). "Be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world" (Phil. 2:15).

The will of God is that we love God with all our heart (Mark 12:30), not dividing the love of our heart with the delights of the world. We should live only for the Lord who died and rose for us (2 Cor. 5:15), serving only one master (Matt. 6:24) and having only one treasure (Matt. 6:19-21) in our life. We should leave all else for him who is our buried treasure (Matt. 13:44). This means living a simple life of evangelical poverty, seeking all our delight in the Lord, not in the delights of the world. Then we should also help others, or conduct a ministry to others with our talents, money, and time, dedicating ourselves to their good, loving our neighbor as ourselves (Mark 12:31). If we do this, we will be doing God's will, and the house of our life will stand firm when the rains come.


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