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Sunday, August 26, 2007

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

In today's Gospel we see Jesus passing through towns and villages, "teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem." Luke tells us that someone asked him, "Lord, will only a few people be saved?" Jesus replied, Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.
This seems a strange answer but Jesus seems to be warning his own people that they will be locked out of the kingdom of God. Yet, People will come from the east and west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the kingdom of God.
And Jesus adds, For behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.
It is a difficult Gospel but the first reading from Isaiah 66:18-21 tells us that the Lord has come to gather nations of every language; they shall come and see my glory.
May we all see his glory by striving to enter through the narrow gate. Christ is the Gate, and the Way!

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