Luke 13:22-30 Reflection – To be Last

Luke 13:22-30 Reflection ~

To be attracted to pleasure, recognition, prestige, and wealth means you are first in the world. To be last, is to know that the Lord and neighbor are standing directly in front of you needing your love, mercy, compassion, and prayers. We are not naturally inclined to be last whether in rank or by resisting the influence of cacophony that surround us. In the difficult quest towards grander virtues, Jesus offers us his hand and heart to help us navigate our way.

He Went Through the Villages on the way to Jerusalem James Tissot Brooklyn MuseumHe Went Through the Villages on the way to Jerusalem, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum

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Additional Ordinary Time Reflections

Luke 13  New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

The Narrow Door

22 Jesus went through one town and village after another, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem. 23 Someone asked him, “Lord, will only a few be saved?” He said to them, 24 “Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able. 25 When once the owner of the house has got up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’ then in reply he will say to you, ‘I do not know where you come from.’ 26 Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’ 27 But he will say, ‘I do not know where you come from; go away from me, all you evildoers!’ 28 There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrown out. 29 Then people will come from east and west, from north and south, and will eat in the kingdom of God. 30 Indeed, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”

Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this reflection on  Luke 13:22-30.