The topic of the Gospel for today—the question of how many will be saved—stirs up such passionate feelings in people, and there is such enormous disagreement about it. Luke tells us that Jesus is making his way to Jerusalem and someone asks, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?” And the answer comes back, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate.” But before we extrapolate from this exchange and consider the issue very generally, I would like to examine the historical setting of the conversation, which sheds a lot of light on what is really at stake.

Mass Readings

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