Posted by: livingscripture | October 29, 2014

Thirtieth Wednesday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

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…People will come from the east and the west and form the north and the south and will recline at table in the Kingdom of God’.”

 (Luke 13: 23-29)             

How should we live this WordRevelation21_JohnNewJerusalem

Someone asks Jesus if only a few will be saved, almost as though He wants to take account of the saved and seemingly implicitly including himself among them.  Jesus instead goes to the essential.  He tells the disciple to avoid being an accountant, but rather to be vigilant.  He tells them to make the effort to enter by the narrow gate. In fact, salvation is arduous.  We must leave behind the baggage of our goods and above all, attachment to our ego.   We cannot pretend to be saved without merits.  Salvation’s door will not be opened for those who do not do God’s will, for those who do not help their neighbor.  Instead, others will come to take their place in the Kingdom of Heaven.

Entrance into God’s Kingdom is not reserved to certain persons nor is it an automatic passage for a few people.  It is an invitation open to everyone that requires good will, firmness in conversion, and abandonment of the baggage that weighs down our journey.  Jesus will then open the door to the Father. He gave us the example of a journey that passes through the narrow door of the Cross and of renunciation.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to help me follow His footsteps with courage and joy. 

O Lord, help me to live my life as a gift; to give up whatever impedes my journey to You with a free heart that desires to arrive at the Kingdom of Heaven.  Help me to leave aside the temptation to be preoccupied with things that are vain and foolish.

The voice of Romano Battaglia, Writer and Journalist

Try to live well because the present moment is full of eternity.  In every hour of the day and of the night, make the effort to adorn the passing moment.

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