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OCTOBER 27. Ord Time B. Wk 30. Wed. Lk 13. 22-30

Through towns and villages Jesus went teaching, making his way to Jerusalem. Someone said to him, ‘Sir, will there be only a few saved?’ He said to them, ‘Try your best to enter by the narrow door, because, I tell you, many will try to enter and will not succeed.


‘Once the master of the house has got up and locked the door, you may find yourself knocking on the door, saying, “Lord, open to us” but he will answer, “I do not know where you come from.” Then you will find yourself saying, “We once ate and drank in your company; you taught in our streets” but he will reply, “I do not know where you come from. Away from me, all you wicked men!”


‘Then there will be weeping and grinding of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves turned outside. And men from east and west, from north and south, will come to take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God.


‘Yes, there are those now last who will be first, and those now first who will be last.’


Jesus is here answering the very important question; - “‘Sir, will there be only a few saved?” so we need to listen carefully to his answer; - “Try your best to enter by the narrow door, because, I tell you; - many will try to enter and will not succeed,” which leads to a very simple truth; namely; - it will not be easy to enter heaven, as it will require genuine effort and sacrifice.


I think the key words here are, “try your best,” which implies the reward will depend on one’s personal effort. As Christ taught elsewhere; - from those who have received great graces, more will be required; - while hardship and sacrifice endured my many others will certainly be taken into account; as such sufferings will be seen as sharing in the suffering of Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary.


The words “Once the master of the house has got up and locked the door” refer to the end of our earthly life; - after which there will be no further opportunity to amend one’s life; and “you may find yourself knocking on the door, saying, “Lord, open to us” but he will answer, “I do not know where you come from!”


We must remember, there will be no hiding of the truth when it comes to our final judgement, and everything will be revealed, including many events and behaviours we want kept hidden; - even from ourselves! The reply we will receive when we make profession of our public good efforts will be; - “I do not know where you come from. Away from me, all you wicked men!”


And we will be unable to claim “we did not know Lord” as the teachings of Christ are well known throughout the world as a result of both the Gospels and the preaching of Christ’s Church; - both of which have been readily available to all since the time of Christ; - and even before that via the prophets of the Old Testament, such as Abraham and Moses.


We need to also ponder what Christ is telling us here if we fail to take heed of his teachings; - “Then there will be weeping and grinding of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God; - and you yourselves turned outside!”


‘Yes, there are those now last who will be first, and those now first who will be last.’


Gospel Acclamation cf.2Th2:14


Alleluia, alleluia!

God has called us with the gospel

to achieve the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Alleluia!


First reading Romans 8:26-30 ·

The Spirit himself expresses our plea in a way that could never be put into words


The Spirit comes to help us in our weakness. For when we cannot choose words in order to pray properly, the Spirit himself expresses our plea in a way that could never be put into words, and God who knows everything in our hearts knows perfectly well what he means, and that the pleas of the saints expressed by the Spirit are according to the mind of God.


We know that by turning everything to their good God co-operates with all those who love him, with all those that he has called according to his purpose. They are the ones he chose specially long ago and intended to become true images of his Son, so that his Son might be the eldest of many brothers. He called those he intended for this; those he called he justified, and with those he justified he shared his glory.







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