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Build Your House on Rock

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  • Reading I:  Isaiah 26:1-6
  • Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 118:1 and 8-9, 19-21, 25-27a
  • Gospel Reading: Matthew 7:21,24-27

The Victory Song of the Remnant (Isaiah 26:1-6)

Isaiah 26:1-3 is a song of victory that is followed by a proclamation about the Lord, the Rock of Israel (vv. 4-6). Within the context of Isaiah’s Apocalypse (beginning Isaiah 24:1), the hymn celebrates the return of the remnant that will escape the purifying devastation that the Lord brings about on the earth. In 25:6-7, the mountain of the Lord becomes the place of a banquet and the oasis of life. In 26:2, mention is made of the city into which a nation enters to inhabit and dwell in. "Mountain" and "city" recalls Zion, the city that is built on the Rock that is the Lord. The "high places" and the "lofty cities" that the Lord "tumbles to the ground" (v.5) recall the proud and their dwellings symbolized by Moab (25:10-12) levelled down and whose ruins will be trampled upon by the lowly and the humble remnant as they pass to enter city of Zion.

The Responsorial Psalm, taken from Ps. 118, echoes Isaiah’s victory song. The New Testament writers in fact associate the psalm with the Resurrection.

The House Built on Rock

Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount ends with a prophetic warning to those who hear His words but do not let these words inform their way of life. They who listen but do not live as the Lord intends them to are like the man who builds his house on sand. Sooner or later, the storm of persecution comes and the house will be destroyed. Those who listen and live according to the Lord’s words are like the man who builds his house on Rock. No stormy weather can destroy that house.

They who trust in the Lord, live their lives according to His words. In doing so, they fix their existence on something solid and guarantee for themselves a life free from fear and anxiety.

Guide for Actualization

During the time of Advent we are trained to discern well the value of the passing things of this world and fix our gaze on that which is solid and true. Gloria mundi transit; the glory of the world passes. What remains is God’s Word.

What do you live for? Make a list of the things that preoccupy your mind at the moment. How should you arrange your priorities so that the things that cause you worry and anxiety now cease to be obstacles in your life of faith?

Isaiah 26:1-6
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1In that day shall this canticle be sung the land of Juda. Sion the city of our strength a saviour, a wall and a bulwark shall be set therein.
2Open ye the gates, and let the just nation, that keepeth the truth, enter in.
3The old error is passed away: thou wilt keep peace: peace, because we have hoped in thee.
4You have hoped in the Lord for evermore, in the Lord God mighty for ever.
5For he shall bring down them that dwell on high, the high city he shall lay low. He shall bring it down even to the ground, he shall pull it down even to the dust.
6The foot shall tread it down, the feet of the poor, the steps of the needy.
Psalm 118:1
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1Give praise to Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Matthew 7:21,24-27
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21Not every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.
24Every one therefore that heareth these my words, and doth them, shall be likened to a wise man that built his house upon a rock,
25And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and they beat upon that house, and it fell not, for it was founded on a rock.
26And every one that heareth these my words, and doth them not, shall be like a foolish man that built his house upon the sand,
27And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and they beat upon that house, and it fell, and great was the fall thereof.
Isaiah 26:1-6
View in: NAB NIV KJV NJB Vulg LXX Hebrew
1In that day shall this canticle be sung the land of Juda. Sion the city of our strength a saviour, a wall and a bulwark shall be set therein.
2Open ye the gates, and let the just nation, that keepeth the truth, enter in.
3The old error is passed away: thou wilt keep peace: peace, because we have hoped in thee.
4You have hoped in the Lord for evermore, in the Lord God mighty for ever.
5For he shall bring down them that dwell on high, the high city he shall lay low. He shall bring it down even to the ground, he shall pull it down even to the dust.
6The foot shall tread it down, the feet of the poor, the steps of the needy.
Isaiah 26:1-3
View in: NAB NIV KJV NJB Vulg LXX Hebrew
1In that day shall this canticle be sung the land of Juda. Sion the city of our strength a saviour, a wall and a bulwark shall be set therein.
2Open ye the gates, and let the just nation, that keepeth the truth, enter in.
3The old error is passed away: thou wilt keep peace: peace, because we have hoped in thee.
Isaiah 24:1
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1Behold the Lord shall lay waste the earth, and shall strip it, and shall afflict the face thereof, and scatter abroad the inhabitants thereof.

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