Weekend of March 5-6, 2011-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Deuteronomy 11:18,26-32                           Romans 3:21-28                                Matthew 7:21-27 In the first reading, Moses urges the people to obey the commandments of God, a blessing on their lives.  The second reading reminds us that redemption is a gift from God to all people, brought about through the blood of Jesus.  The Gospel compares those who practice the teachings of Jesus to a wise man who builds his house firmly anchored on a foundation of rock.

We know that we fool no one when we say one thing but do the opposite.  Promises made to a boss, a spouse or a friend ring hollow when the action that follows does not bear them out.  God is the last person we should try to fool with empty words.  God knows what is in our hearts.  When we profess love for God, we must also act in loving ways.