Thurs. [G]ospel [P]rayer [S]tudy - "like a wise man who built his house on rock."
GOSPEL - Mt 7:21, 24-27
Jesus said to his disciples: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock. And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”
PRAYER - Lift High the Cross
George W. Kitchin, 1827-1912
Prayer #33 from the
Oratory: Place of Prayer Book
Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
till all the world adore His sacred Name.
Come, Christians, follow where the Master trod,
Our King victorious, Christ,the Son of God.
Led on their way by this triumphant sign,
the hosts of God in conquering
Each newborn soldier of the Crucified
bears on the brow the seal of Him who died.
O Lord, once lifted on the glorious tree,
Thy death hath brought us life eternally.
So shall our song of triumph ever be:
Praise to the Crucified for victory.
Thursday is dedicated to the Blessed Sacrament
Link to Liturgy Lesson
Staying Close to the Church
When building a large home, building, or structure, the first thing that is needed is a solid foundation. There is a legend that is told about an architect who built a library for a college, but forgot to take into account the weight of the books. So the library sinks a little each year. For our faith, if we don’t take into account the books, the rain, the wind, and anything that might shake us, even to our very core, then we will collapse like the house Christ spoke of in the Gospel reading today.
What is our base?
Our base is three fold: Sacred Tradition, The Magisterium, and Sacred Scriptures. Think of it as a tripod. When one of the legs is removed, it can no longer stand up right and firm. When we don’t have this base, we sink faster than quicksand. Tradition comes from the Latin
, which means, a giving over, a delivery, or a handing down. There are two types of tradition: oral tradition and written tradition, which is called Sacred Scripture. If we think of food and how recipes are handed down, there are two primary ways: The primary way is orally, or by showing the person how to make it in person and teaching them to imitate you. The secondary way is to write down the recipe for someone, or put it in a book for others to view. The Apostles handed on what was given to them by Christ. Many of these oral traditions were later written down and preserved; this is where we get Sacred Scripture. The Second Vatican Council, in regards to Sacred Tradition, says: “It was passed down by the apostles who handed on, by the spoken word of their preaching, by the example they gave, by the institutions they established, what they themselves had received – whether, from the lips of Christ, from His way of life and His works, or whether they had learned it by the prompting of the Holy Spirit.”  The Magisterium is the Church’s teaching authority, vested in bishops, as successors of the Apostles, under the Roman Pontiff, as successor of St. Peter. Also vested is the Pope, as Vicar of Christ and visible head of the Catholic Church.  The Magisterium has been given the power and authority to interpret tradition and to teach it to the faithful. The Pope is St. Peter. The Bishops are the Apostles. The Pope and Bishops together continue the mission of Christ to teach and guide the faithful. Just as the Supreme Court may not rewrite the Constitution, but rather may only interpret it; the Magisterium of the Church cannot rewrite Tradition, either oral or written, but rather may only interpret and teach it.
 Vatican II Documents; Consititution of Divine Revelation, II:7
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