When I was a young child, we used to have a tree house built by my father. It was small but large enough for five small children, my four siblings and me. I remember my father climbing the eight steps several times to see how we were and that we were safe in the tree house. We enjoyed that tree house tremendously, where on weekends we played, rested, read books and even ate. My father knew we were safe in the tree house. When I was older I realized that our tree house was safe because it was built on a large and sturdy old tree.
If our spiritual life with God is built on solid foundation like the big tree trunk for the tree house, our spiritual life will be sturdy and strong. What does this mean for me and my spiritual life? In the Gospel reading Jesus said that “anyone who hears these words of mine and acts accordingly is like a wise man who built his house on rock.”
The faith we received handed on to us at our baptism must be nourished in our lives for it to grow, nourished by prayer and the sacraments, listening and reading God’s word and listening to commentaries on God’s word and spiritual and corporal acts of mercy and love. These make our faith strong, even in the midst of doubt, temptations and trials. Indeed “not everyone who says to me: Lord! Lord! will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my heavenly Father.” To enter the kingdom of heaven, we must do God’s will.