I am not sure that the sacred authors of the Gospels each had a theme as they wrote their brief summaries of the life of Jesus, but those who have studied them over the centuries have certainly tended to pick out one or another aspect of each Gospel and use that as a theme.
In St. Luke’s Gospel, we have Jesus walking to Jerusalem. Time after time in different segments, the commentary will begin, as it does in today’s Gospel excerpt, “Jesus went through cities and towns teaching, all the while making his way towards Jerusalem.” There is this large section where Jesus is simply walking, walking, walking – headed towards Jerusalem and, of course, that meant heading towards death, resurrection and redemption for the rest of us.
As he walks along, his teachings are presented in very dramatic ways and today’s is no exception as this excerpt stresses that we are responsible for how we have lived our lives and our salvation depends on whether or not we have made every effort to walk in his footsteps. In today’s Gospel, there is real stress that many people who are very important in various aspects of life will, after Judgment Day, lose that importance. The sentence for today is “Some who are last will be first, and some who are first will be last.”
Where will you and I be in the line?