"A Wise Man That Built His House Upon A Rock"
Meditation by Fr. UK, Priest of His Holiness, Gregory XVIII)
all know this very important teaching of Our Lord Jesus Christ from the Gospel of St. Matthew about two men, a wise man and a foolish man, or about two types of people.
We can begin from here:
of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. By their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, and the evil tree
bringeth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can an evil tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit, shall be cut down, and shall be cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them
(St. Matthew 7:15-20).
And we continue here:
"Every one therefore that heareth these my words, and doth them, shall be likened to a wise man that built his house upon a rock
(qui aedificavit domum suam supra petram), And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and they beat upon that house, and it fell not, for it was founded on a rock (fundata enim erat super petram). And every one that heareth these my words,
and doth them not, shall be like a foolish man that built his house upon the sand, And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and they beat upon that house, and it fell, and great was the fall thereof" (St. Matthew 7:24-27).
Who is a wise man and why is he wise?
A wise man is one that hears Our Lord's words, and built his house upon a rock.
Who is a foolish man and why is he foolish?
A foolish man is
one that hears Our Lord's words, but built his house upon the sand.
And now we
will see what it means to hear Our Lord's words and to build a house upon a rock, and to hear Our Lord's words and to build a house upon the sand.
Let's look what Our Lord said, just prior to this.
said that many people thought that (in the external forum) they did good things: they said to Our Lord that they prayed to Him, prophesied in His name, casted out devils in His name, and did many miracles in His name. But nevertheless, Our Lord told them
that He never knew them, and they must depart from Him, because they worked iniquity:
every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven. Many will say to me in that day: Lord, Lord, have not we prophesied in thy name,
and cast out devils in thy name, and done many miracles in thy name? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity" (St. Matthew 7:21-23).
In the context of this teaching of Our Lord, we can see that both the wise man and the foolish man, did things which look similar to each
other. But there is one essential difference between them.
is that those people who build their houses upon a rock are wise "Omnis ergo, qui audit verba mea haec, et facit ea, assimilabitur viro sapienti, qui aedificavit domum suam supra petram" (St. Matthew 7:24), but the other type of people,
who build their houses upon the sand, are foolish "Et omnis, qui audit verba mea haec, et non facit ea, similis reit viro stulto, qui aedificavit domum suam supra arenam" (St. Matthew 7:26).
Why does Our Lord say that a wise man is the one that built his house upon the rock?
Because that man who heard God's words, in fact submitted himself to God's Will, that is he built his house (his life) on the
rock (foundation) that God commanded, and because God Himself built His House upon the rock, who is Peter:
"And I say to thee: that thou art Peter,
and upon this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (Et ego dico tibi, quia tu es Petrus, et super hanc petram aedificabo
ecclesiam meam, et portae inferi non praevalebunt adversus eam) (St. Matthew 16:18).
Since St. Peter, by the Will of Our Lord, was chosen to be the rock of
God's Church, so a man who built his house (his life) upon this rock, is wise... "a good tree bringeth forth good fruit" and "he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven".
And on the contrary, a man who did not build his house (his life) upon this rock (foundation) that God commanded, is foolish, because he built his house upon
the sand. And no matter how many times such people said/say "Lord, Lord", "prophesied", "casted out" devils, and did many "miracles"... such men work iniquity, and God does not know them, they are false prophets, they are the evil tree
that bringeth forth evil fruits, and that is the reason why God will send those foolish men directly "into the fire".
Thus, in this very simple teaching, we can see the following consequences of a wise man's work and of a foolish man's work:
1) Every man's house which is built upon St. Peter, the integral part of God's House - such a man with his house (life) belongs to the Kingdom of Heaven.
2) Every man's house which is built upon the sand, the integral part of the Devil's house - such a man does not belong to the Kingdom of Heaven, but he and his house "fell, and great was the fall thereof".
In conclusion, we see from the Gospel of Our Lord, that He tells to everyone... He wants all to enter
into the Kingdom of Heaven, that already has begun on the earth. The Kingdom of Heaven on the earth is Jesus Christ's Church, which He built upon St. Peter and all of St. Peter's successors "and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it".
On October 26, 1958 there was elected the true successor of St. Peter, who chose the name
Gregorius XVII, and after him, on May 3, 1991 a new Pontiff was elected and chose the name Gregorius XVIII (The 262nd Successor of St. Peter). The First was in a prison and the Second is in exile. And indeed the First was the true rock,
and the Second is the true rock.
Praised be God for His rock,
on which everyone still has the possibility to build a house on, and thus be a wise man.
Be a wise man.