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Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time (YEAR 2013)

Meditation on Today's Scripture:
Jesus doesn't directly answer the question, however; but his response is nonetheless worrying on two counts. First, Jesus surprised his listeners by saying that one's membership as a covenanted people does not mechanically mean entry into the kingdom of God. Second, Jesus declares that many from the gentile nations would enter God's kingdom. God's invitation is open to all Jew and Gentile alike. But Jesus cautions that we can be excluded if we do not strive to enter by the narrow door. What did Jesus mean by this expression? The door which Jesus had in mind was himself. I am the door; if any one enters by me, he will be saved. Jesus opens the way for us to enter into God's kingdom through the cross where he has laid down his life as an agreement of sacrifice for our sins. If we want to enter and remain citizens of God's kingdom, then we must follow Jesus in the way of the cross. The word strive can also be translated anguish. To enter the kingdom of God one must do effort against the forces of temptation to sin and whatever would obstruct us from doing the will of God.
Word of the Day...
Psalm 119:165 Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, Thank you for this day. Thank you for all that lies ahead. Thank you that we don't have to face today or tomorrow with doubts about our basic values and without a sense of your will for our life. Stir in a love for your will and your word so that nothing can make us stumble. Empower us by your Spirit and guide us by your truth so that we may more perfectly reflect your character. In Infant Jesus' name we thank you for hearing our prayer. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (August 25, 2013)
Day: Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time (YEAR 2013)
Lectionary: 123
Colour: Green
First Reading: Is 66:18-21
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm Ps 117:1, 2
Second Reading: Heb 12:5-7, 11-13
Gospel: Luke 13:22-30
Listen to Reading:
Today's Scripture: Luke 13:22-30
22He went on his way through towns and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem. 23 And some one said to him, "Lord, will those who are saved be few?" And he said to them, 24 "Strive to enter by the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25 When once the householder has risen up and shut the door, you will begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, `Lord, open to us.' He will answer you, `I do not know where you come from.' 26 Then you will begin to say, `We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.' 27 But he will say, `I tell you, I do not know where you come from; depart from me, all you workers of iniquity!' 28 There you will weep and gnash your teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God and you yourselves thrust out. 29 And men will come from east and west, and from north and south, and sit at table in the kingdom of God. 30 And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last."


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