Gospel of Luke 13:22-30 Reflection:
In today’s gospel Jesus is telling us about the urgency of seeking the Kingdom. Most of us have a tendency to leave things to the last minute. Such a way of living is of little benefit to the person who wishes to develop the Christian life.
Over the ages people have found that discipline is the best way to avoid such slackness, but discipline is very hard to maintain. Jesus tries to warn us using a variety of phrases, ‘enter by the narrow gate,’ ‘we once ate and drank with you,’ and other phrases.
What Jesus is pointing out is that the attitudes of the Kingdom of God is not the same as that of this world. The big phrase he uses here that we all know, ‘the first shall be last and the last first,’ tells us that those with worldly goods and who seem to have God’s favour will not necessarily be the ones who are great in heaven.
But the warning that applies to us is that we have to be ready at any time to hear the call of God. It is a lifetime’s work to prepare ourselves for meeting God. It is not something we can think of at the last moment and make ok.
One thing we can say: when we meet God we won’t be able to claim ignorance, we have been warned often enough!