Open up the gatesWe are told in this passage from Isaiah to "trust in the Lord forever" because He "is an eternal Rock" (Isaiah 26:4). There is no doubt that God is there to heal even the most serious of illnesses and that He is our eternal Rock.
to let in a nation that is just,
one that keeps faith. ~ Isaiah 26:2
In the Gospel we are told of two types of houses—one built on rock and another on shifting sand. When the rains and the winds came and buffeted the houses the one built on sand "collapsed and was completely ruined" (Matthew 7:27) while the one built on the firm rock, on the eternal Rock, stood firm amid the storm. Let us heed the words of Jesus and also act upon them. It is there and then when we do so that we see true healing before our eyes. It is then when we stand firm and do not collapse before the storm in front of us.
First: Is 26:1-6
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 118:1 and 8-9, 19-21, 25-27a
Gospel: Mt 7:21, 24-27