Catholic Mass Homily: ENTER BY THE NARROW DOOR
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THEME: ENTER BY THE NARROW DOOR READINGS: Isaiah 66:18-21/ Hebrews 12:5-7,11-13/ Luke 13:22-30 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Last Sunday, we were reminded of the inestimable price that Jesus Christ has paid for our salvation. Today, He tells us that we also have a contribution to make towards our salvation.
Our contribution towards our salvation entails more than our association with Jesus. Just as our past association (including eating and drinking) with a childhood friend who is now rich and famous does not necessarily make us rich and famous, so Jesus says that being familiar with Him, including eating and drinking with Him (in the Holy Eucharist), does not necessarily qualify us to enter eternal life.
Again, our contribution towards our salvation entails more than hearing Jesus. Just as being taught by a great teacher does not guarantee us success in examinations if we fail to study, so Jesus says that hearing Him preach (through a priest or personal reading of the Bible) is not sufficient to enable us enter His kingdom. ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKu133HgtnQ