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Doing the will of God (I)

In the previous theme we began from the citation “It is not anyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” who will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but the person who does the will of my Father in heaven” (Mt 7:21). Let us have a look at how a true disciple is not the one who calls Jesus Lord, but the one who in addition, and above all does His will. Doing the will of the Father or that of Lord Jesus is the same, because the will of both is the same in everything.

To do or not to do the will of God, is the secret of Christian life and what characterizes the authentic disciple of Christ. This is what John expresses in Chapter 8 of his Gospel: “If you make my word your home you will indeed be my disciples; you will come to know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (Jn 8:31). A disciple of Christ is not identified as such because he entitles himself as Christian, nor because he knows much of the Bible, nor because he has deep feelings or emotions towards the Lord, but because he keeps His Word, that is to say, he does His will. Even more, because it is possible to rejoice in God and in His Law , to know His will, and yet not do it: “If you can call yourself a Jew, and you really can trust in the Law, and are proud of your God; and know his will and tell right from wrong because you have been taught by the Law; if you are confident that you are a guide to the blind and a beacon to those in the dark, that you can teach the ignorant and instruct the unlearned because the Law embodies all knowledge and all truth- so then, in teaching others, do you teach yourself as well? You preach that there is to be no stealing, but do you steal? You say that adultery is forbidden, but do you commit adultery? […] If, while you are boasting of the Law, you disobey it, then you are bringing God into contempt” (Rom 2:17-23).

To do or not to do the will of God is the core of the following words of the Master: “Therefore, everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on rock. Rain came down, floods rose, gales blew and hurled themselves against that house, and it did not fall: it was founded on rock. But everyone who listens to these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a stupid man who built his house on sand. Rain came down, floods rose, gales blew and struck that house, and it fell; and what a fall it had!” (Mt 7:24-27).

The first are the true disciples, for they did not only listen to the Word, but in addition put it into practice, while the apparent disciples, do limit to listen to the Word without taking any steps that do commit their life; the former are prudent, the latter senseless; the former are those who build their house on rock, the latter on sand; the former are those who kept themselves steady while facing the obstacles on the path; the latter, for not having roots nor being grounded on the rock, are unable to persevere when tested, and to follow the path despite the tribulations.

To listen to the Word of God and not to put it into practice, is like to the attitude of a man who says and does not do, which does not cease to be a deceit in the opinion of the Holy Spirit who led the Apostle James to write: “But you must do what the Word tells you and not just listen to it and deceive yourselves” (Jas 1:22).

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