Posted by: livingscripture | October 26, 2011

Thirtieth Wednesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

“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.”

                                                                                                Luke 13: 29            

How should we live this Word

 

The Kingdom of God is among us!  In Chapter eleven of Luke, Jesus reveals His divine Sonship to His disciples and then He invites the disciples to be yeast in order to leaven the flour of the world.  In today’s Gospel, there is the invitation to live our existence as the space of time given by God to convert ourselves.  The present moment is the occasion to change our life, to take another direction, and to distance ourselves from all that impedes authentic friendship with God.  We must leave aside sin and the attitudes that are an obstacle to our growth in Christ. 

Entrance into the Kingdom is not an automatic passage and it is not reserved to certain categories of persons.  It is an invitation that demands a free and decisive will and perseverance.  Jesus tells us to ‘strive’ to enter the narrow gate.  Jesus is the gate that opens the Way to the Father.  He is the One who saves us whether we come from the east or the west.  The gate is narrow so that those who enter must leave all the baggage of their material goods outside, even their false ‘self’ that has been overcome by love.

Those who recognize themselves as sinners are converted if they have confidence in the Father and His Son Jesus.  They are then admitted into the Kingdom.  We may also say that the gate is very wide because no one is forbidden.  It is open to all without exception.                                                  

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on Jesus’ words, “I do not know where you are from.”  I will examine my belonging to Him and to the Kingdom.  Is there something in my life that stops me from getting closer to Him or knowing Him better?

 

Lord Jesus, my Savior, help me to accept that I am a sinner, that I need You.  Have mercy on me!  Jesus, my Brother, guide me toward Your Kingdom of love and of peace. 

The voice of St. Vincent de Paul

 

All our efforts must go toward gaining Heaven.  The rest is just a loss of time.

 


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