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21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 20, 2016

WHERE SALVATION LIES

Our readings today, when heard and reflected on as a collection offer a great deal for us to consider: First, we hear in Isaiah that every person on earth is going to see the glory of God – even those that do not know God. Everyone will proclaim the glory of God – in one way or another.

Then we hear in Hebrews that the Lord disciplines those who the Lord loves. It is an echo of our message last week – that for the sake of joy, Christ endured the cross. For today we hear: At the time, all discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain, yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who are trained by it.

So it seems that God is going to bring people together and then they will endure a particular discipline. That the people who will give glory to God will do so as a result of the training they receive.

Which is why the question asked to Jesus in the Gospel is not so strange after all: will only a few be saved? How many will actually endure this training?

But notice Jesus does not answer the question; rather, he says don’t worry about the end result, strive to enter the narrow gate. Your salvation lies there – in the struggle, in the attempt.

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

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