We continue to see division and consternation over orthodoxy. It becomes a test over who is in and who is out over who believes the most correctly in a place where the narrow gate really becomes about narrow minds that open to a road called dogma. Today’s Matthew reading challenges to think differently. Perhaps Jesus is less concerned less about orthodoxy and more concerned with orthopraxy–less about right belief and more about right practice. The theology is in the doing.
Don’t hear me wrong, we are saved by grace by nothing that we do, but by what God has already done. The question then becomes, how do we respond to the fullness of this gift of love?
Today’s reading is rich in how we are to live. We are known by our fruit. “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 in heaven.” “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.” May we bear fruit, follow the will of God, and act on God’s word building firm foundations.
Let’s keep reading and walking together.