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Daily reading: 20 March

Something to read

Jesus went through one town and village after another, teaching as he made his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, ‘Lord, will only a few be saved?’ He said to them, ‘Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able.

Luke 13:22-24, from full reading Luke 13:22-31

Something to think about

As Jesus makes his way through Galilee towards Jerusalem (and his inevitable destiny) he stops in towns and villages along the way, taking time there to teach through parables and heal (on the Sabbath!). He's teaching once again of the Kingdom of God, comparing it to the mustard seed and the yeast in leavened bread.  He is challenging the hypocrites and the self-righteous.

So indeed, when he’s asked a very pointed question concerning who will be saved, Jesus directs his listeners to ‘strive to enter through the narrow door’.  Is there a distinction between the ‘seeking’ the kingdom of God that Matthew describes and the ‘striving’ of Luke’s account?  Jesus is not concerned with answering the question concerning the salvation of others, but instead addresses the real question those gathered should be concerning themselves with: ‘Am I saved?’

The path is narrow; it involves striving for a deeper relationship with the saviour.  Jesus is the ‘door’, the ‘way’.

As we journey through Lent, we’re conscious of the challenge of the call to be stewards of creation. The narrow door does not allow our worldly possessions through, but requires our striving for the social justice as preached and lived by Jesus.

Something to do

Join the Lent Count Your Blessings journey. 

Something to pray

Just Lord,

As we strive towards a just world where your abundant creation provides for all,

we acknowledge our responsibilities to our planet and all in it ,

and ask for your help and strength to reaffirm our lives

to striving towards the narrow door to the salvation promised in you. 

Amen.