In today’s Gospel, Jesus invites us to be like the wise builder, constructing our houses on solid ground. But what exactly does that mean? Always looking for clarity, I find St. Ignatius to be helpful here. He begins his Spiritual Exercises with a meditation, The First Principle and Foundation. In this exercise, Ignatius reminds us that “the goal of our life is to live with God forever. All things in this world are gifts of God…everything has the potential of calling forth in us a deeper response to our life in God.” (Paraphrased by David Fleming, SJ)

Nothing itself is intrinsically good or bad, it is the way in which we use the particular gifts God gives. Am I using God’s gifts to deepen our relationship, or obstruct it? Today might be a good day to walk around our houses with Christ and inspect the foundations.

—Michael Sarafolean is an Ignatian Associate in St. Paul, MN, and a member of Saint Thomas More Catholic Community, the Jesuit parish of the Twin Cities.





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