August 19, 2010


21st Sunday - C
Luke 13: 22-30

The Narrow Gate

In 9:51, Luke reports Jesus' determination to fulfill the mission that the Father has given him. "When the days for his being taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem."

It's been more than 3 chapters since Jesus began that journey. The Gospel passage for this Sunday opens with "Jesus passed through towns and villages,teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem."

This is not just Luke's way of keeping the stories together. Moreover, Luke seems to make sure that we, the readers, not forget the key aspect of Jesus' life and mission. [1]

Jesus has a very clear focus of what his life is about. And he does not lose sight of that purpose.

Am I that clear and focused about my life?

It's not always easy to go through the narrow gate. It's tempting to take the wide and easy way. But the narrow gate may be the focus of my life that I need to have.

[1] Luke Timothy Johnson, The Gospel of Luke. Sacra Pagina Series. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1991; p. 216.

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