Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Monday, October 24, 2016

Reflection for Wednesday October 26, Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time; Luke 13:22-30

Luke 13:22-30
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.
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Reflection:
Where would you end-up after your temporary journey in this world is already over? You actually do not know however Jesus is giving you a clue where would you be going. If you choose to follow and be faithful to Jesus you would be going to His kingdom where Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and all the prophets are.

But it’s actually not easy to follow the path of Jesus because it would require you to sacrifice your very self so that you could follow Him. For example, would you be willing to give-up your wealth or even just a portion of your wealth so that others may live?

Would you be willing to sacrifice your high paying job so that you could serve the poor? Would you be willing to swallow your pride and reach-out to those whom you have antagonized? These are but a few of the many sacrifices that you have to make if you want to truly follow Jesus.

A life with Jesus is not to enjoy earthly trappings it’s rather to do away with whatever that is earthly in favor of Jesus. It’s also to discard whatever that makes you distant from Jesus. If you’re friends are pulling you farther away from Jesus, by all means leave your friends so that you could be near Jesus. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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