March 6, 2011: Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time and Shrove Sunday, Year A

First Reading: Deuteronomy 11:18, 26-28, 32
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 31:2-3, 3-4, 17, 25
Second Reading: Romans 3:21-25, 28
Gospel: Matthew 7:21-27

This Sunday marks the three-day observance of the Shrovetide, or that stretch of time before Ash Wednesday (which marks the beginning of the Lenten season). Coming from the English word shrive which means “to be absolved by confessing one’s sins and doing penance,” this period was ironically associated with the Mardi Gras, and some notes in history would claim this as the “modern preparatory manner of a long forty-day season of fasting and abstinence.”

Today’s Gospel though neither says anything about repentance or joy or whatever. Jesus today emphasizes on faith and compares it to a house built on strong and weak foundations. No matter how sturdy the frames of an architectural building may be, if it is not standing on good support, it will easily be destroyed when natural calamities come.

It’s easy to be Christian, but it’s a sad reality that most “lose their touch” in the most trying times. The blame game is the first in the list, as people tend to blame his surroundings as the cause of something unfortunate. Before it is even resolved, conflict may arise. The problem just became bigger.

What Jesus says is we just trust God. He never wants any harm done to us. If we think we’re in physical, mental, or emotional pain, let’s just remember that God is just hallowing us out so that we are shaped into a better person. A lighted candle, after all glows only in the dark and not in a brightly lit room. The same goes when we experience God in the most trying battles of our life. The more we surrender ourselves to Him, the stronger we stand. Now, that’s something to celebrate!

Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.
Matthew 7:24

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By Troy Alivio Posted in Uncategorized Tagged

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