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The door of life

– Wednesday of the 30th Week in Ordinary Time –

Jesus went through one town and village after another, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few be saved?” He said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able.” (Luke 13:22-24)

Today’s passage is a part of Luke’s Gospel that is commonly called ‘The Journey to Jerusalem’; a journey Jesus has been on for several chapters now: “When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51). Jerusalem, the place of suffering and death. Jerusalem, the place of resurrection and life. Jesus takes this road freely and resolutely.

It’s interesting that Jesus doesn’t answer the question of how many will be saved. Instead, he points to the narrow door, the way of salvation. It is not for us to know or worry about numbers and it is certainly not for us to judge who will and who will not be saved.  As disciples, our lives follow the pattern of the master. We too know that if we are to experience the fullness of life here and now and, ultimately, in death, we must freely and resolutely take to road to Jerusalem.

This narrow door is marked by lives of poverty of spirit, of meekness, of humility and of peacemaking. We discover this narrow door through lives of service – by loving God and neighbour. The only direction we are given is to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus (see Hebrews 12:2). It is this door that leads to the feast of the kingdom of God.  This is the door we seek today and every day on our journey of discipleship.

by Kari Hatherell


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