XXI Sunday of the time ordinary, year C

Posté par diaconos le 20 août 2019

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 Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke                                                                                           

Through towns and villages Jesus went teaching, making his way to Jerusalem. Someone said to him, ‘Sir, will there be only a few saved?’ He said to them, ‘Try your best to enter by the narrow door, because, I tell you, many will try to enter and will not succeed. ‘Once the master of the house has got up and locked the door, you may find yourself knocking on the door, saying, “Lord, open to us” but he will answer, “I do not know where you come from.” Then you will find yourself saying, “We once ate and drank in your company; you taught in our streets” but he will reply, “I do not know where you come from. Away from me, all you wicked men!” ‘Then there will be weeping and grinding of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves turned outside. And men from east and west, from north and south, will come to take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God. ‘Yes, there are those now last who will be first, and those now first who will be last. (Lk 13, 22-30)

Homily   Lord, are there but a few people to be saved ?

« Lord, are there but a few people to be saved ?  » (Lk 13, 22) This frightening question asked of Jesus is sometimes addressed to us too and embarrasses us.  How to talk about salvation ? How can we reconcile God’s love for all people without exception with his respect for their freedom ? If everyone goes to heaven, then don’t worry… If very few go, why make such an effort ?

In the Gospel according to Luke, in chapter 13, Jesus refers each person to the decision he or she must make. God saves men for free. But he does not save them in spite of themselves, without their agreement. He gives them the freedom to oppose his benevolent gift. God gives us the choice, the freedom to refuse the love he proposes.

Jesus wants to make us responsible for our destiny and to make us understand it, he uses a very common image in the Bible: the kingdom of God is like a feast room. But, he adds : « Try to enter through the narrow door, because, I tell you, many will try to enter but they will not be able to ! «  ( Lk 13, 24)

It is therefore urgent to ask ourselves the question : « To win the sky, what is my fight ? » On which specific points should I focus my attention and question myself ? Time is running out, tomorrow it will be too late. Yes, one day for you for me, it will be too late !

How much time do we have left ? We should live every day as if it were our last. To go to the end of our life in heaven, we must want it, we must fight for it, we must choose Jesus !

It is not belonging to a group, a community, a parish, nor the practice of a few rites, attending Mass from time to time, that can give us an illusory assurance… It is the commitment of our whole person in following Jesus. And above all, let us not judge others. In our prayer, let us ask Jesus to help us to say Yes again.

Do you have trouble believing ?

If you have trouble believing, remember the story of the two discouraged travellers who met Jesus on the road to Emmaus. (Lk 24:13-35) Also remember the vigorous affirmation of Peter who saw the Lord and proclaimed his faith in the resurrection (Acts 2,14-28) : to announce the resurrection for Peter and the disciples is to bear witness that a man known to the Jews of Jerusalem for having made them speak of him, a man whom these same Jews by cowardice or indifference delivered to the Roman governor to be put to death, this man has risen by the will of God.

May our hope in the resurrection be rooted in the very history of Jesus and the testimony of the apostles. Amen
Michel Houyoux, permanent deacon

Additional information

If you had paid attention to my commandments

The Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will be lost.

Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, Holy of Israel : I am the Lord your God, I give you a useful teaching, I guide you on the path where you walk. If only you had paid attention to my commandments, your peace would be like a river, your justice like the waves of the sea. Your seed would be like sand, like grains of sand, like your descendants; its name would not be cut off or erased before me.

  Le Seigneur connaît le chemin des justes, mais le chemin des méchants se perdra.If you had paid attention to my commandments …

God compromised himself in the destiny of his people and made a total commitment to save them. « If only you had paid attention to my commandments… »  In this sigh expressed all the tenderness of God for his people. Delivered Israel will proclaim, to the glory of God, the news of his deliverance.

« I am the Lord your God, I give you a useful teaching, I guide you on the path where you walk.  » God really committed himself to saving the exiles: he invited them to walk, to accept the salutary teaching, which will bring salvation. The exiled Jews accepted the saving teaching and were saved.

A few centuries later, Jesus gave his disciples a new teaching and asked them to go and teach all nations. He invites us to walk beside him, he opens the way for us. He will even say : « I am the way, the truth and the Life ». In his teaching, Jesus gave us a new commandment: « Love one another as I have loved you. »

If we paid attention to his command, we would be filled with peace and our posterity would be like grains of sand. Only one attitude is necessary for this to happen: let us be attentive to the commandments that Jesus gives us. God’s wisdom has been recognized just through what it does. (Mt 11, 19)

It is difficult to remain attentive to God who speaks to us every day and leads us a little further on the path of love! Jesus wants us to recognize God’s wisdom through what it does. He wants our heart to become able to read God’s presence in us and in the world around us.

External links to other sites

◊ Study : click here →   ARE ONLY A FEW PEOPLE GOING TO BE SAVED ?

 The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix (homily)

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