"Blessed is anyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God." – Luke 14:15
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Jesus started his public ministry by preaching "Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand." Jesus is extending a warm invitation to all the Jews and gentiles alike. Jesus also makes it clear that they will have to choose the narrow path and believe in him. We read in the gospel of Matthew 22:14: "Many are called but few are chosen." Those who are called by him to follow him give him different excuses. The cares of the world lure the hearts of human beings to the extent that their eyes are closed to the divine invitation to follow him.
It is true that to enter in the kingdom of God for sure we will have to make huge sacrifices. All of our sacrifices put together will never equal the sacrifice made by God the Father that of giving his Son's life for our redemption. We have the examples of many holy lives in front of us who have chosen the narrow path.
Life is eternal and our goal is to be with God forever after our earthly life. Jesus wants us to follow him by carrying our daily crosses, not grudging but putting our trust in him like a child. In fact Jesus will carry our crosses, we need to just give it into his hands. As the shepherd carries the lost sheep Jesus will carry each one of us on his shoulders.
As Christians we hope against all the odds of life. We don't give up that easily, by the grace of Jesus we are all saved. Let us therefore accept his invitation and place our trust in him. One day for sure we can dine along with him in his kingdom.
Reflection on Luke 14: 15-24 by Fr. George Joseph SVD
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