Taste and See: newness

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Yesterday was the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, and the Gospel encouraged us to a new attentiveness about how we live: the we might live faithfully, fruitfully, well.

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.’

Luke 13:22-30

The image of the narrow door can be off-putting, but it is a way built to enable not diable, to help us to the new life we are offered. It is a way that Jesus went before us, and through which he continues to pass in the act of humility that is his feeding us with his Body and Blood at every Mass.

  • What causes you to hesitate, falter in moving forwards to Christ, in Christ?
  • Bring your uncertainties, fears to Jesus in prayer.

Mausuleum, Alycsamps, Arles. (c) 2013, Allen Morris

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