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Who shall we include in our faith community? Is there anyone who should not be called by God?
In essence this is what is asked of Jesus by “someone” in the Gospel story. That someone says, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?” Interestingly enough the Lord directs the issue back to the “someone” who asked the question. Jesus admonishes him, “strive to enter through the narrow gate.”
In the time of Jesus and before, the people of His community, the Jewish community, believed themselves to be the chosen people. It was to them the Messiah would come. They would be the ones saved. Yet, time and again the people lost their discipline and were not faithful to God. Although they considered themselves favored, they did not apply themselves as good stewards of the gift of faith. They were faithful in name only.
Jesus admonishes people who are faithful in name only. The master in the gospel story says, “I do not know where you are from.” He then goes on to point out God’s love reaches beyond one group of people. As the prophet Isaiah points out, a flood of people will come to the Lord. That is, people who hear the Word of God, those not previously a part of the Jewish community, suddenly flock to the Church. They hear the Word and encounter its great appeal and enter the community.
In our days new people will be added to the Church. They too will be active and vibrant in the service to the Lord. They will tell others and they will come to the Lord also. And so, it will continue on and on. The psalm tells us we are to go out to the world and tell the Good News. By telling it we continue to build the faith community.
Please God, let us not exclude anyone. In fact, compel us to reach out to people we meet each day. Let many new people be added to our parish community. Let all of us here now truly be active in and through our faith. Let us see in newcomers the fruit of the practice of our faith. Let us help the Lord reach out His love to all.
55. Some countries are gradually making significant progress, developing more effective controls and working to combat corruption. People may well have a growing ecological sensitivity but it has not succeeded in changing their harmful habits of consumption which, rather than decreasing, appear to be growing all the more. A simple example is the increasing use and power of air-conditioning. The markets, which immediately benefit from sales, stimulate ever greater demand. An outsider looking at our world would be amazed at such behavior, which at times appears self-destructive.
Source : Laudato Si’
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