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Twenty-first Sunday In Ordinary Time
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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.”
Locked doors. Throughout our lives we will experience that painful and horrible feeling of being locked out. God has given us a certain amount of time to get things done.
Salvation is one of them.
Do you realize that life is for you? Have you come to appreciate the life you have? If not, then start now, for time is running out.
At one time or another, we have all experienced that horrible feeling of being locked out: that day when I could have asked a girl to the prom, but didn’t; that day when I should have made that phone call, but didn’t; that day when I should have held my spouses hand or embraced them in bed, but didn’t; that day when I should have apologized or tried harder or not given up so easily.
Yesterday, I celebrated a couple’s 50th anniversary of marriage. It was a beautiful occasion and a wonderful reminder that I was made for life and love!
Fifty years is a long time, and not at all an easy time. I know for a fact this couple went through some rough times. I know for a fact they got through them all, together. During my homily I noticed that they weren’t holding each other’s hands, so I immediately told them to do it. It was a great moment for me to remind all the other couples in attendance that they should never take anyone for granted, not even their spouse. We all know that one of the biggest threats to married life is a product of married life; that is, a false sense of security and stability; that things will never change; that my spouse will be forever by my side.
The Lord is reminding us to hold hands before it’s too late. Kiss before its too late. Hug one another before it’s too late. Wake up with the other in your arms before it’s too late. Do you really think that you will be able to do so forever?
“So strengthen your drooping hands and your weak knees” (Heb. 12:11-13).
Do you not realize that life is for you! The stars are for you! The moon is for you! This evening is for you! Love is for you! Your spouse is for you! Salvation is for you!
Take it! Accept it! Be grateful for it! Before the Master of the house rises and locks the door.
Lord, open the door for us! Not so fast, says the Lord. What took you so long? Was fidelity, forgiveness, compassion and love not exciting enough for you? Was it not fast enough for you? Was it not good enough for you?
“The first shall be last and the last shall be first,” says the Lord.
If you haven’t gone through any tough times lately, then consider it a curse and a precursor to disaster. Tough times help us to grow up, to mature. Tough times help us to appreciate the good times; to appreciate time in general.
“My son and daughter, do not disdain the discipline of the Lord or lose heart when reproved by him; for whom the Lord loves, he disciples; he scourges every son he acknowledges. Endure your trials as “discipline”; God treats you as sons and daughters…At the time, all discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain, yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who are trained by it” (Heb. 12:5-7).
It’s time to get to work. After all, time was made for me: not too fast, not too slow, but just right, and with just the right amount of it…for those who never take it for granted. (23926)