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21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 25, 2013

AN ANSWER WE CANNOT KNOW

Last week, we heard that Jesus has come to bring division and fire to the Earth.  A hard message to be sure, but it is bad news?

If you recall, I said that it is only bad news if we try to remain where we are.  In order for us “not to be burned”, we must move, change, grow from where we are today.

In today’s readings we hear this beautiful passage about how the Lord will gather the nations to Jerusalem.  No one is exempt, but there are some who will play a special role.  Those who are called to a special role are instructed by our second reading to be people of discipline.  If we are to know the Lord, it will not be easy, but requires a great deal of training.  And in the Gospel, Jesus is asked a question:  Will only a few be saved?

In each case, we are all challenged to strive for something more, but also warned that it will not be easy.

CLICK HERE  for the readings for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time: (Isaiah 66:18-21; Psalm 117; Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13; Luke 13:22-30)

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