TWENTY FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (AUGUST 25)
Is 66:18-21 Ps 117:1-2 Heb 12:5-7,11-13 Lk 13:22-30
To the question as to whether there are few who will be saved, Jesus responds by saying: “Try to come in through the narrow door. Many, I tell you, will try to enter and be unable” (Lk 13:24). We enter the world of the spiritual life by humbly recognizing that our effort is a gift of grace and that our response to grace has to lead of to the abnegation of ourselves. For this reason Christ reveals to us that “there are those who are first who will be last, and there are those that are last who will be first” (l. 30). If we want, therefore, to be first in eternal life, we have to pass through suffering, we have to experience the spiritual correction that leads to divine love: “The Lord disciplines those whom he loves; he scourges every son he receives” (Heb 12:6). Why does he reprimand his children? Because he wants to make us sons and daughters without blemish and great in the Kingdom of Heaven. Do we accept the sufferings that life gives us? Do we support the defects of others?