Today’s Mass Readings

Daily Reading for Wednesday October 27, 2021

Reading 1, Romans 8:26-30
Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 13:4-5, 6
Gospel, Luke 13:22-30

Reading 1, Romans 8:26-30

26 And as well as this, the Spirit too comes to help us in our weakness, for, when we do not know how to pray properly, then the Spirit personally makes our petitions for us in groans that cannot be put into words;

27 and he who can see into all hearts knows what the Spirit means because the prayers that the Spirit makes for God’s holy people are always in accordance with the mind of God.

28 We are well aware that God works with those who love him, those who have been called in accordance with his purpose, and turns everything to their good.

29 He decided beforehand who were the ones destined to be moulded to the pattern of his Son, so that he should be the eldest of many brothers;

30 it was those so destined that he called; those that he called, he justified, and those that he has justified he has brought into glory.

Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 13:4-5, 6

4 Or my foe will boast, ‘I have overpowered him,’ and my enemy have the joy of seeing me stumble.

5 As for me, I trust in your faithful love, Yahweh. Let my heart delight in your saving help, let me sing to Yahweh for his generosity to me, let me sing to the name of Yahweh the Most High!

6 But I trust in your mercy, Grant my heart joy in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for he has dealt bountifully with me!

Gospel, Luke 13:22-30

22 Through towns and villages he went teaching, making his way to Jerusalem.

23 Someone said to him, ‘Sir, will there be only a few saved?’ He said to them,

24 ‘Try your hardest to enter by the narrow door, because, I tell you, many will try to enter and will not succeed.

25 ‘Once the master of the house has got up and locked the door, you may find yourself standing outside knocking on the door, saying, “Lord, open to us,” but he will answer, “I do not know where you come from.”

26 Then you will start saying, “We once ate and drank in your company; you taught in our streets,”

27 but he will reply, “I do not know where you come from; away from me, all evil doers!”

28 ‘Then there will be weeping and grinding of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrown out.

29 And people from east and west, from north and south, will come and sit down at the feast in the kingdom of God.

30 ‘Look, there are those now last who will be first, and those now first who will be last.’

Romans 8:26-30; Psalm 13:4-5,6; Luke 13:22-30

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate, and broad is the way, which leads to perdition, and many there are who enter through it,” (c.f. Matthew 7:13).
▪”Many will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.” To be able to enter the narrow gate, we must work hard. Some will attempt to enter, but may not be able to do so. We must also reduce some excess luggage that may hinder our ability to enter through the narrow gate. The narrow gate is meant for everyone, but not everyone will enter through it.
1~ The choice to enter through the narrow gate is before all of us. It was because of this narrow gate that Christ our Lord emptied Himself taking the form of a servant, (c.f. Philippians 2:7) rejecting the attempt to make Him a worldly king, (c.f. John 6:15). He rejected the idea of turning stone into bread, (c.f. Matthew 4:3-4).
2~ In imitation of His life, He has called us to strive to enter through the narrow gate. The path to Calvary is a narrow path, and only a few embark on the journey. Only a few will be willing to go through suffering to achieve their goals. In a time when everything is on a fast lane, only few are patient to take the narrow gate.
3~ Do not be carried away by the seeming success of those who avoid the right path, because every wrong path will lead to a wrong destination. This is why those who are first will sometimes end as the last; those who started last, sometimes end up the first. The difference is in the gate through which each chose.
▪Dear friend, whoever does not go through the narrow gate will eventually hear this from the Lord,  “I do not know where you are from.” Even if we saw Him in our streets, listened to Him, touched Him, even ate His body, if we do not strive to go through the narrow gate, we will not be admitted into the banquet.
May God bless us with the grace never to give up the right path
Remain blessed
Fr Joseph Chukwugozie Ikegbunam