A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.
Jesus went through cities and towns teaching – all the while making his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked, “Are they few in number who are to be saved?” Jesus replied: “Try to come in through the narrow door. Many, I tell you, will try to enter and be unable. Once the head of the household has risen to lock the door, you may find yourselves standing outside, knocking and saying, ‘Please open for us,’ but the answer will come, ‘I do not know where you come from.’ Then you will begin to say,
‘We ate and drank in your company. You taught in our streets.’ But again, you will receive the reply, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you come from. Away from me, you evildoers!’ ”
“There will be wailing and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, Jacob and Leah, and all the prophets safe in the house of God, and you yourselves rejected. People will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and will take their places at the feast in the house of God. Some who are last will be first and some who are first will be last.”
The Good News as spoken through Luke.