Reflection from Fr. Taylor: August 21, 2016, 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fr. Taylor’s Reflection: August 21, 2016, 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 66:18-21; Hebrews 12:5-13; Luke 13:22-30

Today’s Gospel gives us a challenge about the choices and decisions that we have to make in life. Jesus tells us that we have to try to go through a narrow door.  We know that this can present a challenge.  We can’t always take the easy way out, we have to do the moral thing.  It’s the Lords intention that all people be saved, but it is not forced on anyone.  If some fail to make it through the door, it is our choice, not God’s.

Today we are given more choices and decisions to make.  We have free will.  Many things we do can be legal, but not moral.  But moral decision making has to do with eternal life.  Jesus challenged his own disciples in this way.  They had a decision to make.  We know the only way to approach the Lord is in true freedom, but the decision is always ours.  He is telling us that love of God and neighbor is serious business, and it includes a lot more that just keeping rules and regulations and staying out of trouble.  We have to go the extra mile for our neighbor. Yes there is a cost for discipleship, and we shouldn’t be surprised if we are called upon to suffer.   Following Jesus can be a narrow door, and sometimes it’s even a tight squeeze, but He is always with us.  He is on our side showing us of His grace when we need it.

What will we decide today?

 

 

 

 

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