FROM THE PASTOR
Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 21, 2016
Earlier this week, we celebrated the Assumption of our Blessed Mother into Heaven! On this weekend, August 20/21, the Twenty-first Sunday, Jesus presents the doctrine of salvation or "Who Can Be Saved". In other words, Jesus in Luke (13:22-30) articulates the theme of "Who Will Be Saved" by a loose collection of sayings. Salvation is offered to all but it's not always accepted by all! By the same token, it cannot be accepted in part! Without exception, the Gospel is offered whole and entire and must be accepted in the same way. Hence, the narrow gate is open to all, but only those who seek it (rather than the easier wider gate) gain entrance! This regrettable message of exclusion form the Kingdom of God flows from not only the images of the narrow gate but the words of the master of the household. Once again, the bottom line of these images in the mini-parable is that some will be excluded from the Kingdom of God by their choices. A superficial familiarity with Jesus will not save them. Doing only the Will of the Father and then speaking his word will suffice! Once again and unfortunately, the eternal consequences of rejecting the message of God's Word is exclusion from the Kingdom of God! Doing only the Will of the Father and speaking His Word will suffice! Salvation is ours if we only put God's Word into practice! Then and only then is the Kingdom of God ours!
Blessings Upon All,