Thursday, November 09, 2006

Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome

But each one must be careful how he builds upon it, for no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there, namely, Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:10-11

Jesus is the master builder of our foundation. He is also the caretaker of our hearts when we let him. Like anything in life we need to be vigilant of our homes.

Look how we guard our own homes we live in. We lock the doors to keep out any robbers from stealing our treasure. I remember a day when we never had to do this. The same with our vehicles. Now all that we have we lock it up. Go to a gym and lock up our stuff.

But then that shows us we haven't been good builders after all. We have become leery of our neighbors, lest they steal our belongings. When Jesus spoke of being careful on how we build our foundations, he was trying to teach us to trust, to have faith. When we trust we do not lock our hearts from our neighbors. When we trust in God, we build our foundation on love.

But what god do we worship that we built our lives upon. What is our foundation built from? Is it built from faith or of self. God does tear down in order to rebuild. Just like we do sometimes with buildings, with a solid foundation we rebuild a magnificent building. When our foundation is built on faith don't we think we are worth being rebuilt when we have gone astray.


Gabrielle said...

It's very true, marie cecile. We must learn to guard our hearts and our minds, the way the Desert Fathers taught. It's so much more important than guarding our material possessions, yet we don't pay enough attention to practising it.

Marie Cecile said...

Right you are Gabrielle, we guard so much of everything else but our hearts.