Twenty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time

Twenty-First Sunday of Ordinary Time

“The feast in the Kingdom of God”

The Kingdom of God is central to the teaching and life of Jesus. For the people that Jesus was preaching to, their concept of the kingdom was that it would be a restoration of the Jewish kingdom of King David and Solomon, a political entity.

Jesus however is not so limited. The Kingdom of God would not be a political entity, but a spiritual fellowship of all those who allowed themselves to be guided by the Holy Spirit, with Christ as their king and God as their father. In other words, the Kingdom is for all. Perhaps Jesus’ challenge to us is not to take it for granted. We are invited to allow our actions to speak louder than our words.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant/child is listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.

Sunday.

Through towns and villages Jesus went teaching, making his way to Jerusalem. Someone said to him, ‘Sir, will only a few be saved?’ He said to them, ‘Try your best to enter by the narrow door, because I tell you, many will try to enter and will not succeed. (Luke 13:22-24)

  • Imagine seeing Jesus teaching, what do you think he would say to you?
  • What question would you ask?
  • Who do you really believe will be saved?
  • Listen to your teacher respond to your question.

 

Monday.

Once the master of the house has got up and locked the door, you may find yourself knocking on the door, saying, “Lord, open to us” but he will answer, “I do not know where you come from.” Then you will find yourself saying, “We once ate and drank in your company; you taught in our streets” but he will reply, “I do not know where you come from. Away from, all you wicked men. (Luke 13:25-27)

  • Do you ever worry that the Lord will shut you out?
  • Is it enough simply to know about Jesus?
  • What makes a person wicked?
  • Listen to him who knows where you come from.

 

Tuesday. 

Men from east and west, from north and south, will come to take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God. Yes, there are those now last who will be first, and those first who will be last. (Luke 13:29-30)

  • How do imagine the feast in the kingdom of God?
  • Who would you surprised to meet in the kingdom of God?
  • Reflect on the last being first.
  • Listen to him who turns our expectations upside down.

 

Wednesday.

Have you forgotten that encouraging text in which you are addressed as sons? My son, when the Lord corrects you, do not treat it lightly; but do not get discouraged when he reprimands you. For the Lord trains the ones he loves. (Hebrews 12:5-6)

  • What does being a child of God mean to you?
  • Have you ever been discouraged in your spiritual life?
  • Have you ever felt reprimanded by the Lord?
  • Listen to the one who trains you.

 

Thursday.

Suffering is part of your training: God is treating you as his sons. Has there ever been any son whose father did not train him? Of course, any punishment is most painful at the time, and far from pleasant; but later, in those on whom it has been used, it bears fruit in peace and goodness. (Hebrews 12:10-11)

  • Is the idea of suffering as training helpful?
  • How did you parents raise you?
  • Has suffering ever borne fruit in peace and goodness?
  • Listen to him who treats you as his son/daughter.

 

Friday

O praise the Lord, all you nations, acclaim him all you peoples! Strong is his love for us; he is faithful for ever. (Psalm 116)

  • What do you want to praise the Lord for today?
  • When have you known the strength of the Lord?
  • When have you known the faithfulness of the Lord?
  • Listen to him who has a strong love for you.

 

Saturday

The Lord says this: I am coming to gather the nations of every language. They shall come to witness my glory. I will give them a sign and send some of their survivors to the nations. (Isaiah 66:18-19)

  • Have you ever had an experience of the church being international?
  • When have you witnessed the glory of the Lord?
  • What sign does the Lord give you of his presence?
  • Listen to the one who gathers you in.
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