Wednesday 31 October 2018

About Today Readings

St Alphonsus Rodriguez.

Ephesians 6:1-9. Psalm 144(145):10-14. Luke 13:22-30.

The Lord is faithful in all his words – Psalm 144(145):10-14.

‘Try your best to enter by the narrow door.’

Responding to a question about who will be saved, Jesus challenges and unsettles his listeners by insisting that their claim to be God’s specially chosen people is of little account if they themselves do not live out a choice for God. A covenant is a two-way process. Jesus tells them that those who reject his teaching will find their ‘reserved’ places at table in God’s kingdom occupied by the Gentiles they presume to despise.

St Alphonsus Rodriguez, a long-time doorkeeper at the Jesuit college in Majorca, is one we can seek to emulate. ‘I’m coming, Lord!’ he would say to himself when someone came knocking. Welcoming others as Christ is a sure way to enter the narrow door.

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