Men from east and west will come to take
their places at the feast in the kingdom of God.
It’s probably a nightmare we all share to some degree or other – being locked out of the house, the sales, the big match, or missing the train, the boat or plane. Contemplating watching the crowds that have got inside, while we can do nothing, can be unnerving. Complacency can leave us in this situation: today the Lord warns all who listen to him to be careful, taking nothing for granted, but making sure that we are (spiritually at least) like the people waiting with their sleeping bags and thermos flasks by the front door of the ticket office.
O praise the Lord, all you nations, acclaim him all you peoples! Strong is his love for us; he is faithful for ever
First Reading: Is 66: 18-21
Second Reading: Heb 12:5-7,11-13
Gospel Reading: Luke 13: 22-30