Home  |  About Us  |  Contacts  |  Products    
 News Items
 Top Stories
 News Briefs
 Also Featuring
 Movie Reviews
 Sunday Scripture
 CNS Blog
 Links to Clients
 Major Events
 2008 papal visit
 World Youth Day
 John Paul II
 For Clients
 Client Login
 CNS Insider
 We're also on ...
 RSS Feeds
 Top Stories
 Movie Reviews
 CNS Blog
 For More Info

 If you would like
 more information
 about Catholic
 News Service,
 please contact
 CNS at one of
 the following:
 (202) 541-3250


 This material
 may not
 be published,
 rewritten or
 except by
 linking to
 a page on
 this site.

  Word To Life

Sunday Scripture Readings, March 6, 2011

By Jeff Hensley
Catholic News Service

March 6, Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Cycle A Readings:

1) Deuteronomy 11:18, 26-28, 32

Psalm 31: 2-4, 17, 25

2) Romans 3:21-25, 28

Gospel: Matthew 7:21-27

It is interesting that Jesus uses the example of some so-called disciples who would claim to have done mighty deeds, prophesy and drive out demons in his name as those who will not enter the kingdom of heaven. The reason isn't that he is against such actions, but that these who are proclaiming their "mighty deeds" have not done the Father's will or obeyed Jesus' teachings.

We know that love of God and love of neighbor are the Father's will and the foundational stones of all of Jesus' teaching. So it is more than guessing to say that deeds falling outside that teaching, no matter what they are called, are the disobedience that Jesus is talking about.

Those who fail to heed that teaching, Jesus promises, will see the collapse of the "house" they've chosen to build on sand rather than on the rock of God's word.

In East Texas many years ago, a good friend of my family attended a funeral presided over by the pastor of a local charismatic church. A baby had died after much prayer for its healing, and now came the child's burial. At a critical point in the service, the pastor lifted the tiny frame from the casket and in an accusing tone said, "Look. This is lack of faith."

You have to wonder how many of the people present ever attended his -- or any other -- church again.

The story, as distressing as it is, is not a testimony against prayer for the sick, but shows what lack of obedience to the law of love looks like when clothed in spiritual pride.

One can well imagine that those who act in such a way would ultimately hear Jesus' reproach: "I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers."

Meanwhile, many others who have prayed earnestly (and often effectively) for the healing of others, acting in love, would receive Jesus' welcome and walk into his outstretched arms.


Have you ever seen religious faith used to shame others? What can each of us do to assure that the sharing of our faith with others springs from genuine love?


"Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock" (Matthew 7:24).


Copyright © 2011 Catholic News Service/U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The CNS Word To Life column may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or otherwise distributed, including but not limited to such means as framing or any other digital copying or distribution method, in whole or in part without the prior written authority of Catholic News Service.

Questions about this Web site. Send to cns@catholicnews.com.
Copyright © 2011 Catholic News Service/U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
CNS · 3211 Fourth St NE · Washington DC 20017 · 202.541.3250