Our site uses cookies to improve the user experience and we recommend accepting its use to take full advantage of the navigation


Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Sunday 21st (C) in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Lk 13,22-30): Jesus went through towns and villages teaching and making his way to Jerusalem. Someone asked him, «Lord, is it true that few people will be saved?». And Jesus answered, «Do your best to enter by the narrow door (…)».

The "myth of the progress"

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, Jesus mentions the idea of the “Narrow Gate” in the contest of the myth that is “progress”. Development based on ideologies that destroy hope in the afterlife and that impose progress as the political and human norm of existence. Even though it is true to say that enormous progress has been made, (scientific, technological etc; some of it begins to threaten the basis of our creation, of our existence.

It is vital that this progress be subject to some moral criteria. Above all it should be considered that progress, that includes the relationship between humanity and the material world, does not mean the dawn of new man or the new society, as Marxism or liberalism have taught in the past. Man as man is the same, and has not changed in his ways, from the primitive times to modern times of this technically advance world. The human being begins again from zero with the birth of each individual.

—Jesus, You have shown us the way of human progress from high up on the Cross with eternity as the horizon.