Wednesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time
Readings: Rom 8:26-30, Lk 13:22-30
The people when they heard about this teaching of Jesus considered it as something very harsh teaching. In fact Jesus was not teaching a popular message. If he kept this up, there wouldn’t be many who follow him. Jesus always demanded something from people in following him. He asked his disciples to renounce their previous life and commit themselves to him. And in this context when somebody asked about the “salvation”, as usual he made the point clear regarding what it requires to attain it:“enter through the narrow door”.
Now what he meant by this narrow gate. In john 10:9 Jesus proclaims that “I am the door: by me if any man enters in, he shall be saved”, unless you enter the gated through Jesus you can’t get into heaven. And there is no other gate through which we attain our salvation. In verse 25. Jesus speaks about some who won’t go through this narrow gate. He gives mainly two reason for this exclusion. First, he doesn’t know them. They haven’t let him into their lives and tried to get him know. They don’t have a relationship with him. There is an expression that Christianity is not a religion rather it’s a relationship. Well, there is a lot of truth about it. The difference between someone who is saved and someone who is not is whether or not they know Jesus and are known by him. It’s you know that matters.
The second reason that Jesus denies them is he doesn’t recognizes where they are from. To not recognize where they are from is him saying that he doesn’t recognize their identity. Just because you are from Jerusalem or from any other prominent places don’t guarantee you that you will be saved. It means that he will not show any favoritism. It does not matter where you are from, or the good things you have done with your life. It’s all about who you know, not me, or other Christians, but Jesus Christ.