Reflecting on the Gospel for the Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

From The Gospel of Matthew by Curtis Mitch and Edward Sri, commenting on Matthew 7:24-27:

Jesus draws the Sermon on the Mount to a close with a parable about two builders, one foolish and one wise. The parable stresses that obedience to the words of Jesus must be the foundation of our lives (7:24). All are destined to stand before him on the day of judgment. When that day comes, Jesus will test whether we put his gospel into practice or merely heard his message but failed to heed it.

© 2010 Curtis Mitch and Edward Sri and Baker Academic. Unauthorized use of this material without express written permission is strictly prohibited.


Filed under Curtis Mitch, Edward Sri, From the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture, Lectionary, The Gospel of Matthew

2 responses to “Reflecting on the Gospel for the Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

  1. Richard Grebenc

    It seems to me that this gets to the heart of what believing in Jesus is all about. Mistaken are those Christians who claim that belief in Christ is all that is necessary to gain eternal life regardless of how they act. It is not “faith alone” (nowhere in Paul) but “the obedience of faith” (Rom 1:5 and Rom 16:26) that is required.

  2. Peter S. Willliamson

    Yes, it’s not the hearers (or teachers!) of the word who are justified, but those who put it into practice.

    I’ve been thinking about Romans 5:12-21 and the fact that the contrast between the first and second Adam turns on obedience. “For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous” (Rom 5:19). It is a characteristic way in which Paul depicts what Jesus’ action on our behalf (e.g., Phil 2:8).

    Yet obedience is a word that makes us feel uncomfortable. There’s death to self in it. The word doesn’t just roll off our lips. It means conforming our will and action to the will of Another, and often, saying “no” to ourselves.

    I can’t help but think that there would be a immense difference in our personal lives and in church life if we were to place obeying God’s word at the top of our personal and institutional priority lists.

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