But we should not assume that this Gospel was only for those people in that time and place. Today, there is perhaps a different stratum of first and last. In our Christian era, we can be tempted to have the same presumptuous attitude that afflicted too many of the Jewish contemporaries of Christ. We can think that our salvation is assured just because we bear the title Christian. Likewise, we can fall prey to the idea that we are somehow better or more deserving of Christ's mercy than those who do not "belong" to our Church. This simply isn't true. God's mercy is available to everyone who humbly recognizes one's need for it. The minute we become complacent or overconfident, we close ourselves off to the gift of mercy God offers to the repentant sinner.
Jesus tells us today that we must "strive to enter through the narrow gate." This means that we must not take the easy road of presumption, assuming that we are in good shape because we look like most of the people around us. On the contrary, Jesus calls us to take the more challenging road of real repentance in order to "recline at table in the kingdom of God."
Address: 4100 S. Coulter Street
Amarillo, TX 79109
Church Phone: (806) 358-2461
Rectory Phone: (806) 353-1016
FAX: (806) 358-2529
Office Hours: September - May
(M-F) 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Summer Office Hours: June - August
(M-Th) 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
(F) 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
St. Thomas is seeking a loving, energetic, reliable and mature nursery worker with dependable transportation. This position requires experience with infants through age three. Nursery worker must be outgoing and welcoming to parents/guardians and children. Must be available Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings, plus occasional other hours, including holidays. For more information call the Parish Office.