Scripture Reading Reflection

24 Aug 2019 by SHRCChurch, Comments Off on Scripture Reading Reflection

Today’s prophecy from the Book of Isaiah was originally uttered at a time of great potential discouragement. Most of the twelve tribes of Israel were forever dispersed throughout the Near East, and eventually lost their specific tribal identity. Only a handful of Jews returned from the Babylonian exile, and found their homeland and Jerusalem desolated and depleted. The situation was certainly a trial for those who remained loyal to God. Yet they persevered.

The Epistle to the Hebrews counsels us to: “…not distain the discipline of the Lord or lose heart when reproved by Him.” Finally, today’s Gospel passage centers around the question: “Will only a few be saved?” In answering that question, Jesus certainly makes clear that it will not be easy, and many will not succeed. Does that mean that living a Christian life is a dismal endeavor? We inevitably have to face some sort of trials. Why? Because being united with Christ means that in some way we have to share in His saving suffering and death. Yet, we do so without distain, because we are confident that the final outcome will be resurrection with and in Christ.

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