21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Homily Video

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Homily Transcript

Recently at a staff meeting, as part of our time of reflecting on scriptures, I asked each member of the staff to name a gift they brought to the community and many of the usual things were said. Compassion, organization, a listening ear when needed but then someone on the staff said I bring the gift of my brokenness, the gift of my brokenness. Now wounds and brokenness as gift? Imagine that. It was humbling to make such a statement but in thinking about that statement, it’s a powerful and beautiful reminder today about the image that Jesus uses in the gospel, the narrow door. The narrow door in the gospel is the honest confrontation of who we are, what we believe and what we hear God asking of us in the depths of our hearts. So friends, today we may ask ourselves what life experience is challenging us to humility? To bend our wills and egos, to pass through that narrow gate leading to limitless love, forgiveness, compassion, humility and service to others. Think about and pray over the limitations that you struggle with and then remember, coupled with our efforts to follow Jesus, we will find our way through the narrow door that leads to deeper meaning in this life and bring us one day to that dwelling place of God.

Readings

First Reading:

Isaiah 66:18-21

Second Reading:

Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13

Gospel:

Luke 13:22-30

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