The Gospel today was Luke 13:22-30:
22 And he went through the cities and towns teaching, and making his journey
23 And a certain man said to him: Lord, are they few that are saved? But
he said to them:
24 *Strive to enter by the narrow gate: for many, I say to you, shall seek
to enter, and shall not be able.
*But when the master of the house shall be gone in, and shall shut the
door, you shall begin to stand
without, and knock at the door, saying: Lord, open to us: and he
answering, shall say to you:
I know you not whence you are.
26 Then you shall begin to say: We have eaten and drunk in thy presence,
and thou hast taught in our streets.
27 And he shall say to you: *I know you not whence you are: **depart from
me, all ye workers of iniquity.
There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth: when you shall see
and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the
prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.
29 And there shall come from the east, and the west, and the north, and
the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.
30 *And behold they are last who shall be first, and they are first who
shall be last.
Here is the commentary from Haydock on these (reformatted for legibility and emphasis added, but not otherwise edited):haydock1859.tripod.com
Ver. 24. Shall
Shall desire to be saved;
but for want of taking sufficient pains, and not being thoroughly in
shall not attain to it. (Challoner)
Lord answers here in the affirmative: viz. that the number of those who
is very small, for a few only can enter by
the narrow gate. Therefore does he say, according to St. Matthew, (Chap.
Narrow is the way that leadeth to life, and
few there are that enter therein. This does not contradict what is said
8th chapter of St. Matthew: That many shall
come from the east, and sit down in the kingdom of God; for many indeed
join the blessed company of the angels, but
when considered with the number of the slain, they will appear but few.
serm. xxxii. de Verb. Dei.)
the Almighty casts any off, he is said not to
know them: in the same manner as a lover of truth may be said not to
to tell a falsehood, being withheld
powerfully from it by his love of truth. (St. Gregory, mor. chap. 8.)
words are addressed particularly to the Jews,
because Christ was born of them according to the flesh, eat and drank
and taught publicly in their streets; but
they apply to us Christians also, for we eat the body of Christ, and
drink his blood,
when each day we approach the mystical table,
and we hear him teaching us in the streets of our souls.
Many very fervent at the beginning afterwards
grow lukewarm; and many, though at first frozen, have suddenly glowed
many, who in this world were contemned, have
received glory in the next; while others, in honour amongst men, have
to eternal torments. (Ven. Bede)