At the end of his Sermon on the Mount (Mt 5-7), Jesus recommends his own teaching as "solid rock" for building one's spiritual "house" on. Advent is a time when Christians can ask themselves, "How's my house doing?" Is it time to fix the foundation or clean house? Or is it time to expand the foundation, renovate the house, and build an even greater dwelling place for God within? Taking the Sermon on the Mount to prayer this Advent might be a good way to evaluate our own "houses" according to the floorplan of Jesus, not merely hearing, but putting that plan more accurately into action as we prepare to welcome Jesus at his second coming.
-Given at the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel at UST-St. Paul on December 5, 2019.