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<< Sunday, August 26, 2007 >> 21st Sunday Ordinary Time
Isaiah 66:18-21
Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13

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Psalm 117
Luke 13:22-30

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

Wouldn't you like to know what percentage of people go to heaven? If we knew only two percent went to heaven, we would either be inspired to become holy or be thrust into despair. If we knew ninety percent went to heaven, we'd feel more secure. Jesus refused to answer the question concerning how many would be saved. He did say however that many "will try to enter and be unable" (Lk 13:24). He also said that "few" find the narrow gate that leads to life (Mt 7:14). He uses the word "few" again in the parable of the wedding banquet. "The invited are many, the elect are few" (Mt 22:14). This doesn't tell us exactly how many will go to heaven, but it can be disconcerting and certainly keeps us from the sin of presumption.

These "chosen few" will come from "nations of every language" (Is 66:18), "from the east and the west, from the north and the south" (Lk 13:29). There will be some surprises. "Some who are last will be first and some who are first will be last" (Lk 13:30). However, you don't have to wait in suspense wondering whether you'll be "in that number," among the "chosen few." Right now, you can repent of sin, be forgiven, and give your life to Jesus. He died so you could be with Him forever in heaven. Let Jesus have His way.

Prayer: Jesus, the reality of eternity overwhelms me. I trust in You.
Promise: "Make straight the paths you walk on, that your halting limbs may not be dislocated but healed." —Heb 12:13
Praise: Praise Jesus, Whose death opened the gates of heaven forevermore! Alleluia!
(For a related teaching, order our tape Am I Going to Heaven? on audio AV 54-3 or video V-54.)
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†Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, March 14, 2007.
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