26 October 2016
Wednesday, 30th Week in Ordinary Time
Eph 6:1 – 9 / Lk 13: 22 – 30.
Gospel Reading: Lk 13:22 – 30
Jesus went through towns and villages teaching and making his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, "Lord, is it true that few people will be saved?"
And Jesus answered, "Do your best to enter by the narrow door, for many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able. When once the master of the house has got up and locked the door, you will stand outside; then you will knock at the door calling: 'Lord, open to us.' But he will say to you: 'I do not know where you come from.'
"Then you will say: We ate and drank with you and you taught in our streets! But he will reply: 'I don't know where you come from. Away from me all you workers of evil.'
"You will weep and grind your teeth when you see Abraham and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves left outside. Others will sit at table in the kingdom of God, people coming from east and west, from north and south. Some who are among the last will be the first, and others who were first will be last!"
Jesus' prophetic words seem to welcome the non-Jews, the Gentiles into the faith. The Jews, being God's people, understandably find it hard to accept this. Often Jesus was met with dissent and disbelief. He, being a Jew, knew that it would be hard for Jewish believers to accept that God's love encompasses all other nations.
Such exclusivity of faith was prevalent not onlyamong Jewish people but also with many Christians as well. At times we think that those who are different from us in terms of beliefs and religious observance will not be saved. We fail to understand that it is not our outward behavior that determines our faithfulness to God. It is what we keep in our hearts.
It is in loving God with all our mind, heart, strength, and loving our neighbor, that we are able to follow God's commandments. When we cease to judge people, when we accept them for who they are, we slowly become more loving, and we begin to see God's presence in everyone, insider or outsider.
Let us keep in mind Pope Francis' words: "Today more than ever we are united by the ecumenism of blood, which further encourages us on the path toward peace and reconciliation."
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
Fr. Gil G. Donayre, SJ
Robert & Nazarina de Jesus
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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