Do you sit in a house built on rock or built on sand? When we were baptized we were definitely sitting on rock. As we started to grow older that rock began to chip away and slowly our rock foundation was becoming sand. "How?" you ask, could this happen when you follow Christ. Just ask yourself a few simple questions - do you lie, even white lies? They count. Do you steal? Have you committed murder? Maybe not physically, but if you speak ill of someone, that cuts down that person and murders a part of them.
We are given choices, free will. In the first reading from Deuteronomy we hear "I set before you here, this day, a blessing and a curse…" Try to picture having an angel on your right shoulder and a devil on your left shoulder. Who do you listen to more? Jesus is our rock. He is our foundation. There is nothing more important than our faith and Jesus makes it clear that we need to follow Him. We can reverse the process of the sand. We can start to rebuild our foundation and make it rock again.
Do you remember the story of the 3 Little Pigs? How similar are we to them? Do we have the straw mentality like the first one? We can see how silly it was of him to think that straw would provide a nice home and shelter from the wind and rain. Or maybe we have the stick mentality like the second one? Sticks are stronger than straw but still doesn’t provide adequate shelter. However, the third little pig built his house of bricks. Impenetrable to wind and rain. His brothers ran and sought shelter within his home, just was we do to God. When things fall apart in our lives, who do we turn to but God.
But who is the big bad wolf in our life? Sometimes we are our own enemy. We have to realize that there are times where in order to build ourselves up and make our foundation rock again, we may have to tear down a part of ourselves. It is not always easy, but with God’s help, nothing is impossible.
Jesus tells us in the Gospel, "Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock."
It’s your choice. Where to you want your house to sit - on rock or on sand?
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