Sunday, August 22, 2010

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C

"Someone asked him, 'Lord, will only a few be saved?' He answered them,
Strive to enter through the narrow gate."
-from today's gospel Luke 13:22-30

"Our Lord wants us to play a part in his mission to save mankind, and has provided apostolic zeal as an integral component of the Christian vocation. Let us ask ourselves today in our prayer if the people who know us can readily recognize us as disciples of Christ. Are we not only Christians, but seen to be Christian? Let us consider how many we have helped to take a decisive step on the path to heaven. How many have we spoken to about God, or invited to a recollection, or recommended that they should read a good book which would help their soul to improve? Whom have we helped to go to Confession, or to whom explained the Church's teaching on family or marriage? To whom have we shown the grandeur of being generous in alms giving, in the number of children people have, or in following Christ in an unconditional self-giving?

-Francis Fernandez, In Conversation with God

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