Today’s Gospel reading at Holy Mass: Matthew 7:21-29
21 “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 who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
The Wise and Foolish Builders
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” 28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.
“God is not removing you from your environment. He is not taking you away from the world, or from your condition in life, or from your noble human ambitions, or from your professional work … But he wants you to be a saint – right there!”
Saint Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer (1902-1975), whose feast day we celebrate today, 26th June, built his own house “on rock”, on the the rock of the Church. He had discovered his vocation to the priesthood when he saw the bare footprints of a monk in the snow that inspired him to follow the call to be a shepherd of souls. Saint Josemaria Escriva’s lasting impact lies in the foundation of Opus Dei which he devoted to expanding. The aim of Opus Dei is to “spread throughout society a profound awareness of the universal call to holiness and apostolate through one’s professional work and life in the home (fulfilling our daily duties for the greater glory of God) and carried out with freedom and personal responsibility”. Today Opus Dei has 80,000 members internationally which is composed of mostly laymen.