August 21
Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Let us in!

Is 66:18-21 / Ps 117:1, 2 / Heb 12:5-7, 11-13 / Lk 13:22-30

Have you ever locked your keys in your car?  Or maybe you were locked out of your own house? Wait, what about that reoccurring dream where you forget the combination of your school locker?   The first two scenarios are usually solvable.  The dream, not so much, just a lot of wailing and grinding of teeth, until you wake up and smell the coffee and realize you have to get to work in five minutes.  It’s not a comforting feeling to be locked out.  In fact, it’s down right discouraging.  As missionary disciples, we should be door openers to the faith.  Jesus encourages us in today’s Gospel to “strive to enter through the narrow gate” before the master locks the door—not after.  It doesn’t sound like an easy path.  It sounds like it takes effort.  Maybe the gate opens wider when we bring others with us?!  There is strength in numbers.  “Go out to all the world and tell the good news!”