A reflection on the first Mass reading (Is 65 :17-21) for March 15, 2010, by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB.
“Thus says the LORD:
Lo, I am about to create new heavens
and a new earth;
The things of the past shall not be remembered
or come to mind.
Instead, there shall always be rejoicing and happiness
in what I create;
Instead there shall always be rejoicing and happiness in what I create.”
In that last sentence from Isaiah we find a good guide for discerning many things in our lives. There can be sorrow, but we should always have a sense of joy and happiness even in our greatest struggles. We all know that evil can’t sustain happiness for more than two minutes. So a sustained joy tells us where God is-- and we have to be attentive to it.
The scripture passage says that there will be joy in what God creates. Well we create situations too and sometimes they don’t sustain us too well. By being attentive to the voice of God we learn where and what He creates and we learn what to choose. The scripture passage goes on to say, “They shall live in the houses they build.” O how true! Jesus also says in the Gospels, “He who listens to these words and abides by them shall be likened to a wise man who built his house on rock. The floods came, the winds blew and they beat upon that house and it fell not for it was founded upon rock.” We all know there’s weather everywhere—inside and out. What we build, we do have to live in—whether it’s a house full of light or one with all the shades down so we don’t have to see anything.
What are we making with our lives? Is it built on rock? Is it built on faith? Is it built on Christ? Or do we have straw and sand? We all have a chance to build something within us. We are “co-creators” with God. You can build a house real quick and make it flimsy or you can take time and build it layer by layer. Build a house beautifully and stably. When something is a little twisted don’t just leave it; because when we build that way, that’s how we live. When we build well, with scripture, with Christ, with the sacraments, we’ll have a house that lasts.
Think today of what you are building within, with Christ, that you’ll get to live in.