WEDNESDAY OF THE THIRTIETH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
A reading from the holy Gospel according to 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: "Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough."
The question asked should have been, "Will I be saved?"
How do I know I will be entering the narrow gate?
We can be in that number if we reject satan and love and obey God. God became man to save us. We are to wake up for the journey with a joyful soul, a healthy mind and a blessed strength that temptation can't push around. Jesus' death is not in vain and through His grace, love and mercy He can change the hardest hearts.
But it is up to us to seek and follow Jesus wherever He leads us. He challenges us to advance in our faith, hope and love for Him in our daily lives by way of confession, Mass, sacrifice, surrender, patience and prayer. " ...Little children, in complete surrender to God, He will take care of everything and will bless you and your sacrifices will have meaning..." (October 25, 2019--Our Blessed Mother in Medjugorje)