Gospel Reflections

21st Sunday of Ordinary Time

Luke 13:22-30

Sunday Gospel Reflection by Sister Bernadette Janssens

Published: August 21, 2016

Many will attempt to enter and will not be able.

Is this statement discouraging? Not at all. Perhaps these words have the function of recalling that we remain free; God does not save us without ourselves. For, he is a fragile God. Maurice Zundel writes: “This is the most moving, most unsettled, newest and most essential gift in the Gospel: a God put into our hands, a fragile God put into our hands and confided to our consciousness.”

But eternal is the fidelity of the Lord, because many will be saved. They will come from the four points on the horizon, and an immense crowd will take its place at the feast in the Kingdom.

For, salvation is for all and not reserved to the privileged. What a great image of salvation! Each Sunday at liturgy, we share the dream of God that He is love. Jesus reminds us how much he respects the freedom of each and everyone of us. Everyone is invited! God welcomes us into his house; he invites us to the feast. "Go, then, into the whole world and proclaim the Good News."

Lessons given by the Lord are not words of condemnation but more an exhortation and a “cheering up.” We can benefit from the lessons given to change gratitude. “It is the narrow gate.”  Today, in the Gospel, Jesus does not act but speaks. And his teaching comes from a response to a question posed to him. But he does not respond directly. Then, he addresses all individuals who are right there, because many people are looking for him.

To pass through the narrow gate would be to act in justice and fidelity. It means to act today in accordance with the teaching of Jesus. From the first line of Isaiah to the last line of the Gospel, the orientation is the same: it is the dream of God to gather together all his children. It is a matter of following the one who said: “I am the way.”

As Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, we ask ourselves if we are adequately signs of opening to all the Kingdom of God. All of us need to ask if we are attentive enough in avoiding evil and responsible enough for the good that is done in this world, our world.

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