The first thing that resonated with me after reading today’s gospel reading was the “practical” message that Jesus gave to his disciples about where to build a house. On top of being practical, his instructions seem very simple and easy to follow.

When we place this message within our current world context the core of Jesus’ message would be to listen and act upon God’s word. At times of despair and rushed action, this may seem like the least practical thing to do. In events that may lead us to feeling abandoned or forgotten by God, hearing that voice may be anything but simple. Let us remember, though, that God’s voice is always present, and God’s message of love, comfort and peace will always prevail – even when rain falls and floods come. Let us continue to hold in our hearts those impacted by the recent events in Orlando.

—Mark Joseph Ehrbar is Co-Director of Music at Gesu Church, University Heights, OH.