‘It is not those who say to me, “Lord, Lord,” who will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the person who does the will of my Father in heaven. Jesus helps us combat a temptation we all face in the Christian life: of living a mild Christianity which does not have too much of an effect on how we think and how we make decisions. This kind of Christianity is not Christianity at all: its a mild kind of liking of our own idea of Jesus which is about as useful and reliable as sand in a storm – the lightest drops and breezes shift and shape it. Christianity, on the other hand, is something absolutely secure, against which even the greatest storms stand no chance of altering: because we have given in and handed ourselves over to the Father’s eternal love for us. That’s what the Father’s will is – his love for us. That’s why, whatever internal storm we may be having, we fight to stick by his will, we ask him to help us follow his commandments: because his love is the only guarantee of safety and wellbeing. Let us ask that grace today: that in the fire of the Eucharist, Jesus weld our hearts today to his will – which, being the foundation of all being, is true freedom. Amen.