Thursday in the Twelfth Week of Ordinary Time

“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock” (Mat. 7:24). The house built upon a proper foundation can withstand any test. Setting the footers takes extra effort but pays off when the storms come. Nobody else can build our life for us. This is a task we have to do ourselves. The proper foundation for this life is Jesus’ teaching. It is in Him that we are enabled to do and endure all things (CF. Phil. 4:13). Because He is ever faithful and true to his word, we can depend on Him to be our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble (CF. Ps. 46:1). Faith tells us that we need never walk alone. In God, we have found help ever close at hand. Because he is faithful and true, he is with us until the end of the world. Caught in rising floodwaters, the foundation will hold. Adrift in the rush of raging waters, the anchor of our soul will hold firm.

“I believe in the sun
even when it is not shining
And I believe in love,
even when there’s no one there.
And I believe in God,
even when He is silent.
I believe through any trial,
there is always a way
But sometimes in this suffering
and hopeless despair
My heart cries for shelter,
to know someone’s there
But a voice rises within me, saying hold on
my child, I’ll give you strength,
I’ll give you hope. Just stay a little while.
May there someday be sunshine
May there someday be happiness
May there someday be love
May there someday be peace….”

(Written by a Jew in the Cologne Concentration Camp)