Entering the Narrow Gate

October 26, 2016
Wednesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time
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.”

REFLECTION (Sem. Jeffrey A. Danan)

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”

Reflecting on this passage, I realized that if we are bringing many things with us, I think, we could not enter into the narrow gate that Jesus is telling us. Before entering the seminary I had lots of worries about my journey. What would be my priority in heeding the call of for priesthood? Who will provide for my expenses, who will provide for my family and what are the criteria of God for me to qualify as His servant?

Pondering all of these question, He answered me – fly light and surrender all your baggage to Me. Heeding His call is total surrender to Him even all of my worries and be child-like, a child with no resistance and allowing his Father to direct him by being obedient.

Today’s Gospel invites us to be detached from our possessions and our comfort. Instead, we need to reflect. – How true am I in loving God and my fellow men?
If we want to enter the narrow gate, what we need to do is to pack some goodness and generosity and share it along our journey.

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