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Is Your Church Built On Rock?

While doing my nightly radio show on BlogTalkRadio this evening, I was discussing the Parable of the Builders:

Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock. And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. And it collapsed and was completely ruined.” (Mt 7: 24-27)

Considering that today is the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, the following verse immediately came to mind:

And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Mt 16:18-19)

I don’t know how you feel, but I think it’s very hard to ignore the similarities between the 2 passages. As a Catholic, I’m glad my Church is built on the rock of Saint Peter. For as Our Lord promised, the forces of evil cannot prevail against her. If you are Catholic, that should make you feel really good. If you are not Catholic, please consider these Bible passages and let me know if you have any questions about the Catholic faith.

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