One of the lectionary readings in the church calendar scheduled for the second Sunday past Pentecost includes the story of the wise and foolish builders (see Matthew 7). It is a lesson that sometimes can be quite vivid; think last Wednesday’s storm and tornado sightings near Belmont.
But the main point of this parable-story of Jesus is always useful for us to contemplate. Are we building our lives on a solid foundation that can withstand the storms or are we foolishly building on sand, on things that can’t last, on things that lack stability and longevity? Maybe our journey through this Covid-19 time has given us pause and allowed us to re-consider what it is that makes up our most reliable foundation. It is never an inappropriate time to re-examine what is sand and what is rock in our lives—and to recommit ourselves to gravitating to that which is most solid. Psalm 46 makes it clear that God is “our rock and our refuge.”
“When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowdswere amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.”(Matthew 7:28-29) EGN