Wednesday 27 October 2021

About Today Readings

Romans 8:26-30. All my hope, O Lord, is in your loving kindness – Psalm 12(13):4-6. Luke 13:22-30.

Strive to enter through the narrow gate

Consider an exam in which you are in competition with your classmates. The teacher says that students who score in the top fifty per cent of the class will get a pass, while the others will fail, regardless of their actual score. Do you study harder, wanting to be safely near the top? Or do you slack off and hope that the knowledge you’ve built up will be enough to get ahead of your peers?

In today’s reading, Jesus recommends that people ‘strive to enter through the narrow gate’. That they should, in fact, work as hard as they possibly can to be righteous in the eyes of God. There’s little point in aiming somewhere for the middle, and then risking being left on the outside while others recline at God’s table.

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