That Narrow Door

30 October 2019. Wednesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

Reflection (Sem. Justin G. Gatus)

When I was in my first year, there was this brother who would always trigger me by answering frankly and in straightforward means. He sometimes sounded sarcastic whenever he answered me. There were times wherein he would answer my question with another question or an invitation to reflect on my question. I had this impression that he was doing such because he had the authority and he wanted to test me or maybe he had been raised up and formed that way. During those times, I really asked myself if that was how someone from the higher year would treat a first year brother. But as we journeyed together in the formation, I learned that he is not really that kind of person who just triggers someone, but he is the type of person who would just be straightforward and who does not sugarcoat things. It was I who had a narrow point of view and judged him immediately.

In today’s Gospel, someone asked Jesus of who will be saved. And Jesus’ response is not a give-away. It is not simply yes or no. Jesus responded with an invitation to reflect to the one who asked. There are many moments in our lives when we want to know something but we do not get the answer that we want or expect to be. During these moments, the Gospel challenges me to always turn always to God and learn from the example of Jesus, most especially when life offers me a lot of questions that I cannot answer. It is an invitation to leave my personal biases, prejudices, and my principles behind and trust in God’s wisdom and loving providence. Our own insights, knowledge, and abilities often do not lead us to our salvation. The Gospel invites me to continue to trust and have faith in God, who is our Creator, the source and giver of life so that, with the help of His grace, I may be able to enter through that narrow door.

The Gospel Today

Luke 13: 22 – 30

Jesus passed through towns and villages,
teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem.
Someone asked him,
“Lord, will only a few people be saved?”
He answered them,
“Strive to enter through the narrow gate,
for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter
but will not be strong enough.
After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door,
then will you stand outside knocking and saying,
‘Lord, open the door for us.’
He will say to you in reply,
‘I do not know where you are from.’
And you will say,
‘We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.’
Then he will say to you,
‘I do not know where you are from.
Depart from me, all you evildoers!’
And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth
when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God
and you yourselves cast out.
And people will come from the east and the west
and from the north and the south
and will recline at table in the Kingdom of God.
For behold, some are last who will be first,
and some are first who will be last.”

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