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Sunday, August 21, 2016

My Lord says ... Luke 13:22-30


*SUNDAY GOSPEL

Jesus passed through towns and villages, teaching as He went and making His way to Jerusalem.  Someone asked Him,  “Lord, will only a few people be saved?”  He answered them,  


“Strive to enter through the narrow gate, 
for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter, 
but will not be strong enough."  

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.’  And you will say,  ‘We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.’  Then he will say to you,  ‘I do not know where you are from.  Depart from me, all you evildoers!’  And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God and you yourselves cast out.  And people will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the kingdom of God.  


"For behold, 
some are last who will be first, 
and some are first who will be last.”


  



THE NARROW GATE

Oftentimes in our life, we always strive to be a better person in the midst of failures, trials, struggles, or problems.  But why is it that there are instances that we become good or better for few days, or weeks, or months only and then we go back to our old self, even worst than before?   Mainly, because we give in more to our inner desires that are detrimental to how we should live our life  which can affect our relationship with God.  To put it simply, we, humans, are weak.  Life is full of struggles and in every stage of difficulties, our inner self is always challenged to make a decision.  No one has a shield, like an “iron man” to protect him or her in the battlefield of war between good and evil.  It’s either we succeed or fail, gain or lose, die or live, fight or surrender in our life.  That’s why, at this stage, the narrow gate to salvation is not for every one of us.  It’s not a guaranteed that we can all pass through this narrow gate,  if we are not faithful and consistent with our living the Gospel in our daily life.  Our strength and hope are found only in one, true God – Jesus Christ, who can accompany us in our journey of life’s struggles.

I have a friend whose husband has physically and verbally abused her for many years.  He did it not only once or twice, but every time he is being confronted by his wife, he physically and verbally abuses her.  Every time he becomes physically brutal to her, she wants to leave him and calls for legal separation to threaten him.  At this instance, he mellows down and asks for forgiveness.  He promises to be good to her and won’t hurt her anymore physically and verbally.  My friend told me that he would just behave for a month only and turn to his old self once he becomes agitated again. He likes gambling, drinking, and womanizing. My friend detests all his wrongdoings, while he is not willing to give up all his vices.  But she still wants to have her family intact and save the marriage for the sake of her two children.   I salute her for all the sacrifices she has been doing for the sake of her children.  Only God can judge....       


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" I will sing of your salvation. In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice rescue me and deliver me; incline your ear to me, and save me. Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety, for you are rock and my fortress. O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked. For you are my hope, O Lord, my trust, O God from my youth. On you I depend my birth; from my mother's womb, you are my strength. My mouth shall declare your justice, day by day your salvation. O God, you have taught me from my youth, and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds."

Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4a

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