(Pope Francis, Indulgences for Year of Mercy, September 1, 2015)
August 21, 2016
Isaiah 66: 18-21; Psalm 117; Hebrews 12: 5-7, 11-13; Luke 13: 22-30
Jude Siciliano, OP
From today’s Gospel reading:
[Jesus said] "After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door,
Then will you stand outside knocking and saying,
‘Lord, open the door for us.’
He will say to you in reply,
‘I do not know where you are from."’
For Jesus, being born Christian, or just being a member of a Christian community, are simply not enough. Those who respond in faith to Jesus and then live a life like his will take their place at the feast in the kingdom. While those who just "show up," will be left out because they failed to make the total commitment he requires.
So we ask ourselves:
- Does my daily life show clear evidence that I am a follower of Jesus?
- What must I change in my life to conform more closely to His?