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.’
Gospel for 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
To know of the Lord – even to know of him and to admire him, or to long for a share in his goodness – is not at all the same as knowing the Lord and beng known by him.
The Lord calls us to communion of life with him and with each other. In that communion we find strength, hope and protection.
To know of that goodness, but not to choose to live in communion, and benefit of it – that’s foolish…
And, as Jesus says, has consequences…
Photograph (c) 2010, Allen Morris. Disused church, Norwich.