Thursday, June 25, 2009

"Not everyone who says 'Lord, Lord' will enter the kingdom of heaven"

Jesus said to his disciples:
"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,'
will enter the Kingdom of heaven,
but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.

The prayer of faith consists not only in saying "Lord, Lord," but in disposing the heart to do the will of the Father. Jesus calls his disciples to bring into their prayer this concern for cooperating with the divine plan.
-- CCC 2611

By prayer we can discern "what is the will of God" and obtain the endurance to do it. Jesus teaches us that one enters the kingdom of heaven not by speaking words, but by doing "the will of my Father in heaven."
-- CCC 2826

(Celebrating the Year of Saint Paul: Romanesque cloisters of the monastery at the Basilica of Saint Paul outside the Walls. Photo by author.)

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