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THE ROCK ON WHICH TO BUILD OUR LIVES

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Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

2 Kings 24:8-17 & Mt. 7:21-29

Solomon's son, Rehoboam, burdened his people with heavy taxes to maintain the Temple. This split the nation into two kingdoms, Israel in the north and Judah in the south. The kings of the newly-established northern kingdom gradually led the people to idolatry. As a result, God allowed the northern kingdom to be crushed by the Assyrians.

Jehoiachin was the king of Judah, the southern kingdom, in the time of the Babylonian empire which was so powerful that it had by now conquered the Assyrians. Their leaders, scholars and craftsmen had been deported to Babylon after some cities were left completely demolished and others had Babylonian rulers installed. In the third month of Jehoiachin's reign, the southern kingdom was besieged and his people were deported to Babylon. Now both the kingdoms of Israel lived in exile and everything seemed lost.

This catastrophe had occurred because the people of Israel and Judah were disobedient and had abandoned the one true God. They were like the man in the story Jesus tells in today's Gospel who built his house on sand. It was not able to withstand attacks and so it crumbled. This would never have happened to them if they had followed God's laws, which would have given them a firm foundation.

We know from our own experience that if we turn away from God our world begins to crumble. There are many people who drift away from their faith, or are led away from it. They choose to serve other gods, such as pleasure, ambition, or an illicit marriage. In time they come to realise the emptiness of it all. Their lives lack stability, which only following God can give them.

Lord Jesus may we be like the man who built his house on rock, that is, obedience to Your law. With this solid basis, we can weather all the storms of life.

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