Good News Inspiration for Daily Life
Bulletin Insert for August 25, 2019.
Description: Reflection for the 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time describes how the readings for Mass are signposts on the road to the narrow gate into heaven. Isaiah 66:18-21 says that God knows our works and our thoughts. To help us sanctify our works and purify our thoughts, so that we can see the fullness of the glory of God when we die, he sets a sign among us. It is Jesus. His life – how he lived and how he died – are a sign of how to enter heaven.
He says in Luke 13:22-30 that many will attempt to enter salvation who are not strong enough. Strong enough for what? Throughout the Gospel, Jesus gives us the answer to that: We must be perfect in love. That does not mean that mistakes and other imperfections will lock us out of heaven. The key that opens the gate to heaven is love, and if we throw love away, we throw that key away. To be perfect in love, we need to have the Lord’s own love. We need Jesus to dwell in us and reach others through us. On our own, we cannot love fully, but when we rely on God to give us his love for others, we have perfect love.
Ideas for use: Bulletin insert for for the 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time, youth groups, parish staff meeting, adult faith formation, SCCs, RCIA, etc.