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"Alam nyo bang sa pagtatayo ng mga high-rise na condominiums, kung gaano kataas ang building eh dapat ganun din kalalim ang hukay ng foundation nito?"
Bear with me. This is more like a Christian post rather than the usual architectural subject matter. That was the catchy introduction of Fr. Reynolds, a new guest priest in our parish that stole my full attention at the start of his sermon in the mass. Pang-architect at engineers - panay ang ngisi namin ng kapatid ko. Nirelate nya yung metaphor na yun sa message ng gospel for this Sunday. Napaka-powerful. Tagus-tagusan. Astegh.
"Not every one who says to me, `Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?' And then will I declare to them, `I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers.'
"Every one then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And every one who hears these words of mine and does NOT do them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it."
Matthew 7: 21-27
He ended his sermon with another striking metaphor. Picture every Sunday Mass as a lecture class from the Lord. And each time we left the church with the gospel's message in our hearts, we are challenged with an assignment to accomplish for the daily grind of the week ahead. Performing these with full sincerity, we can say to the Lord that truly we have been a good Christian - not just by listening and believing, but as well as putting this faith in practice.