Alan Tietz Anthony ’01
President, Notre Dame Club of Dallas

“Many are invited, but few are chosen.” Theologically and historically speaking, the concluding verse from today’s gospel is definitely a bit of heavy lifting.   Perhaps written around the fall of Jerusalem and full of the allegory of salvation, many a well-learned theologian has analyzed this verse better than I ever could.

As a husband serving a wife that joined the Catholic church through RCIA and a parent of 2 young girls that at times demonstrate deeper empathy and grace than myself, I would like to offer a modern lay reflection of this famous verse – and in particular during this year – the infamous “year of 2020.”

According to the Pew Research Center, the percentage of adults who identify as Christian has dropped from 77% to 65% over the last decade alone. Additionally, the pace of change in today’s world seems to be accelerating, especially as it relates to technology. We are bombarded by distractions from an early age, whether it be devices, streaming services, video games, or all of the above.

Additionally, for all the struggles that 2020 has brought the world, I believe that this year has given us a unique chance to pause and reflect upon what is really important in our lives. In particular, it has offered many of us a chance to focus on the more important things in life like God, family, and my favorite bible verse: Matthew 7:12 (“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the law and the prophets.”) I think this year has given and will continue to give us a unique chance to accept the beautiful invitation that God has given us, and we would be smart to take advantage.