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
We have every opportunity to know the Lord and be known by him.
But that knowing does not lead into the glitter of celebrity and fame. It leads us into the way of humility and service. To know him is to learn to live like him; to be known by him is to receive the help (welcome and unwelcome, sometimes) to live like him.
It’s not all about eating and drinking with him.
Our eating and drinking OF him leads us to walk in his ways.
- Where do you walk with the Lord?
- Where does he call you to next?
Photograph (c) 2016, Allen Morris. Detail of entrance to the Cathedral, Nimes, France.