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Sunday, August 21, 2016

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21st Sunday Ordinary Time

Isaiah 66:18-21
Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13
Psalm 117:1-2
Luke 13:22-30

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are you saved? are few saved?

"Lord, are they few in number who are to be saved?" —Luke 13:23

Jesus taught: "The gate that leads to damnation is wide, the road is clear, and many choose to travel it. But how narrow is the gate that leads to life, how rough the road, and how few there are who find it!" (Mt 7:13-14) Jesus seems to have said that only a few people are saved from damnation. If this is a correct interpretation, our future is terrifying.

To make sure he was understanding Jesus correctly, "someone asked Him, 'Lord, are they few in number who are to be saved?' " (Lk 13:23) Jesus did not answer that question exactly; instead, He stated that many will try to come into His kingdom and be unable (Lk 13:24). Jesus also declared that eating and drinking with Him and having heard His teachings do not assure us of salvation (Lk 13:26-27). "Some who are last will be first and some who are first will be last" (Lk 13:30).

How can we be saved? We are saved only by God's grace (Eph 2:7ff). What must we do to be saved? (Acts 16:30) "Believe in the Lord Jesus" (Acts 16:31). Give Jesus your whole life and "work with anxious concern to achieve your salvation" (Phil 2:12). Believe in Jesus, the Savior, now.

Prayer:  Father, deepen my faith as I hear Your Word (Rm 10:17).

Promise:  "Make straight the paths you walk on, that your halting limbs may not be dislocated but healed." —Heb 12:13

Praise:  Praise Jesus, "the Way, and the Truth, and the Life" (Jn 14:6), "the Resurrection and the Life" (Jn 11:25). Alleluia!

Reference:  (For a related teaching on Book of Life, listen to or download our CD 82-1 or DVD 82 on our website or order our tape on audio AV 82-1 or video V-82.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 23, 2016

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