The Narrow Gate

The Gospel Today
Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
Luke 13:22-30

Jesus passed through towns and villages,
teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem.
Someone asked him,
“Lord, will only a few people be saved?”
He answered them,
“Strive to enter through the narrow gate,
for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter
but will not be strong enough.
After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door,
then will you stand outside knocking and saying,
‘Lord, open the door for us.’
He will say to you in reply,
‘I do not know where you are from.
And you will say,
‘We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.’
Then he will say to you,
‘I do not know where you are from.
Depart from me, all you evildoers!’
And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth
when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
and all the prophets in the kingdom of God
and you yourselves cast out.
And people will come from the east and the west
and from the north and the south
and will recline at table in the kingdom of God.
For behold, some are last who will be first,
and some are first who will be last.”

REFLECTION (Sem. Miguel Josemaria C. Valeroso)

How many times has it happened, that as we lie down to sleep at night, we are kept awake by the many concerns that we have during the day or that we have to do for the next day? The frequency of this occurrence among many of us does not surprise us.

Living in the 21st century, we are concerned by the variety of activities we can experience to fill our profiles in social networking sites, to take that perfect shot of the moment to update our friends, by that presentation we have at the office or in class, or that exam we have been preparing for months or even years now. We put a lot of effort and endure hardships to achieve the things that we see are worthy of our time and effort, and that will satisfy us or make us happy.

In today’s Gospel, our Lord reminds us of his constant desire for all of us to be saved, to be eternally happy. Salvation does not depend on whether we are Gentile or Jew, man or woman, young or old, rich or poor; but on whether you and I strive to obtain the salvation that our Lord always makes available for us.

Are we spending our time on what is really meaningful to us? Do we prioritize where we are investing our time and effort? Do we also strive to enter through the narrow gate? Do we exert the same effort to reach heaven as we do with our other endeavors? If we can raise these questions among the tumult of concerns on our mind before going to bed, maybe we can get that good night sleep sooner.

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