Isaiah 26:1-6; Ps Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; Matthew 7:21,24-27
"Not every one who says to me 'Lord, Lord' will enter the kingdom o heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven." Excerpt from the gospel of Matthew
"I applied myself especially to loving God, and it is in loving him that I understood my love was not to be expressed only in words, for "it is not those who say 'Lord, Lord' who will enter the kingdom of heaven,but those who do the will of my Father in heaven," St Therese the little flower
The kingdom of heaven is more than just a place where we hope to live forever.
It is the way we want to be forever. (think about this today)
The kingdom of heaven is a communion of lives that steadfastly yield to the Rock, that take refuge in the lord and not in men, and that willingly accept all that the Father asks of them. The kingdom of heaven is not merely a hope for an afterlife; it is the way of life for those who know that the love of God endures forever.
It was Jesus' trust in the Father that reconciled us with God; it is the only way of living our reconciliation with him.
We do not give our lives purpose. We receive that purpose in Christ. Thus, "that day" that Isaiah speaks about becomes "this day" every day.
Let the needy and the footsteps of the poor trample our high walls of pride.