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August 25, 2013: 21st Sunday in ordinary time

Jesus passed through towns and villages,
teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem.
Someone asked him,
“Lord, will only a few people be saved?”
He answered them,
“Strive to enter through the narrow gate,
for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter
but will not be strong enough.
After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door,
then will you stand outside knocking and saying,
‘Lord, open the door for us.’
He will say to you in reply,
‘I do not know where you are from.
And you will say,
‘We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.’
Then he will say to you,
‘I do not know where you are from.
Depart from me, all you evildoers!’
And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth
when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
and all the prophets in the kingdom of God
and you yourselves cast out.
And people will come from the east and the west
and from the north and the south
and will recline at table in the kingdom of God.
For behold, some are last who will be first,
and some are first who will be last.” (Luke 13: 22-30)

Jesus tells us to “strive to enter through the narrow gate.”
The tree, in Shel Silverstein’s classic story The Giving Tree, is an example of “someone” who enters through the narrow gate. In this story, the boy, throughout his life, makes requests of the tree. The boy swings on the tree’s branches, sells her apples, and uses the tree’s wood…and the tree gives and gives and gives to the boy.


This week “strive to enter through the narrow gate.”
Some possibilities are: visiting your grandparents, helping someone with his/her homework, doing a “job” at home that isn’t one of your responsibilities, encouraging someone to recycle or conserve water use, and so on.

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Sister Rebecca Keller

Sister Rebecca Keller, SP, is Volunteer Services Coordinator for the Sisters of Providence. Her past ministerial experiences include teaching at both the elementary and high school levels.

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