for Sunday, June 1, 2008
Have you ever watched the construction of a building?
To prepare the foundation, the construction company has to dig a pretty big hole, and pour concrete footings around steel rods placed deep in the ground. We feel certain this building will stand up to time.
Jesus understood how buildings were built. Joseph, his foster father, is usually called a "carpenter." Did Jesus watch, or assist, as Joseph took part in some Roman building projects in his native Galilee? Jesus may have known the value of a sound foundation. He tells a parable about two houses. One withstood a storm the other did not.
The difference was in the foundation, and in the wisdom or folly of each builder. Our Lord's point? The need to make sure our faith is founded in actions, not just in words. Just as it's easier to put up a flashy superstructure, and harder to dig deep to make a firm foundation; so it's easy to "talk" our faith, rather than live it. "Doing the will of the Father", as Jesus asks, means sacrifice and a denial of self. Such "foundational living" isn't always visible to others. But with God's help, we can weather life's storms.
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