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.[1]

Who are those who will not manage even to squeeze into the narrow door that is the entrance to the Kingdom?For there is no automatic entrance into the Kingdom.[2] We cannot presume that just because “We once ate and drank in your (Jesus’) company; you taught in our streets,[3] or we were pillars of the Church that our final destiny will be the Beatific Vision.

Well, the people who will be able to go through the narrow door to the Banquet will take their life seriously – living out the two great Commandments of love of God and of neighbour. The key to opening and going through the narrow door is to seek and do the will of the Lord, co-operating with the grace that He gives you, which is there waiting for you each moment. All the Lord asks, is for you to be attentive, responding to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit. “One cannot just ‘coast’ into salvation, an effort is required.[4]

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.[5] Scary words indeed!

So, this is not an invitation to grit your teeth to get it right, but to work with grace. It is an invitation to clothe yourself in the right wedding garment, the garment of love and thus being able to sail through the narrow door into the bliss of Heaven.

Sr. Rosaleen Shaw OP

 

 


[1] Lk. 13:23-24

[2] https://www.catholicireland.net/sunday-homily/

[3] Lk.13:26

[4] https://www.australiancatholics.com.au/article/homily-notes--21st-sunday-in-ordinary-time-year-c--25-august-2019#

[5] Lk.12:25


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