Was Jesus Speaking To US?

Take a second look at this past Sunday’s Gospel (Luke 13:22-30) and ask yourself does it apply to you. It’s the gospel where Jesus said to strive to follow the narrow way. At one point He said”…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!’” Is that what He will say to those of us who are cafeteria Catholics? I do not know you!
We can claim to be good Catholics, to attend Sunday Mass and even say the rosary but does it matter if we reject the teachings of His Church, if we fail to live out His law of love? Does this reading sound like we can be pro-choice, support same-sex marriage or the President’s Contraception Mandate?
What about the Church’s position on Immigration or helping the Poor? Are we really different in God’s eyes from those who vote pro-choice if we reject the Church’s position on these issues? Aren’t these people created by God? Didn’t Jesus die for them too? Don’t many of them share our faith and history of persecution?
Maybe all of us need to reflect on the gospel of the “narrow way”. Maybe all of us need to examine our consciences and repent.

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Author: ronquinlan

To me the message is what is important. Feel free to copy and use anything on this blog. Some pieces were originally published by Catholic Lane so please give them credit. I am a charismatic Roman Catholic and former Social Studies teacher in Catholic Schools. Pieces I've written have been published on Catholi Lane, Catholic Exchange and the Women of Grace blog.

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