From the Word of the Day
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. (Luke 13: 28-30)
As Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem, some were questioning Him about the final days of existence. “Who can be saved?” The Teacher responds with words of great hope: “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”. It is the huge table opens to women and men of the whole earth. Jesus has inaugurated and concretized this reality of sitting at table with Publicans and sinners many times. With His experience of humanity, He narrated the meaning of a life that is saved, a fully human life able to love the earth and serve God freely and for love.
It is at the end of this life that Jesus made His promise resound for everyone: “I am preparing a place for you so that you will eat and drink at my table”. This is the goal that awaits us. Then Jesus adds something that really sounds like a revolution that changes the measure of our judgments. “For behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.” This last affirmation of the Teacher puts us on guard. It is an important warning to be valued today in our life and not according to worldly or superficial criteria, but with the same eyes. Remember what Augustine wrote: “On the last day, many who thought they were inside will find themselves outside; meanwhile, many who thought they were outside will be found inside”.
Today, I will ask Jesus to call me to sit at table with Him and live in His love.
The voice of Fr. Shultz of Taize
I trust the intuition of the young of many countries who meet each other here, leave, seek, pray, and return during these hot August nights. It happens that I am walking alone late under a sky full of stars, while thousands of young people are camped out on the hill. And I say, “The multiple intuitions of these young people are like these lights of the night.