Lifelines to Heaven

June 27, 2017
Tuesday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time
The Gospel Today
Matthew 7:6, 12-14

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine,
lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces.

“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.
This is the Law and the Prophets.

“Enter through the narrow gate;
for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction,
and those who enter through it are many.
How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life.
And those who find it are few.”

REFLECTION (Sem. Miguel Josemaria C. Valeroso)

Have you tried praying the rosary while walking? Or should I say walking while praying the rosary? Aside from not being able to fall asleep, walking involves the feet in praying and gives an experience of a pilgrimage. One step leads to another just like one bead leads to the next. The path is straight and sure; our Lady guides us along the way to her son, Jesus.

Jesus said in the Gospel that the road that leads to life is found by only a few; one must enter through the narrow gate. With all the temptations and pitfalls we may fall into as we strive to live a truly Christian life, we get a taste of the narrow gate. When we feel that the way to death and sin is easier and seemingly more comfortable, we may doubt our convictions and stray to the wide path. We want to obey God in every decision we make; we want to say Yes to God’s invitation with each step we take toward Him.

How fitting is the practice of making a pilgrimage to symbolize our life of pilgrimage on earth. We hold on to the rosary, tightly holding on to the hand of our mother Mary, so that we can follow the Lord in the mysteries of life. It is our lifeline. It traces our path so we can stay on the road where we can easily get lost.

The path of our Lord is indeed narrow and difficult, but, through God’s providence, we are given everything we need to avoid going astray and to stick to the path. Let us find these lifelines that God has scattered along the way. It could be an experience of an event, an example of a person, a sudden illumination in prayer, or it could be the steady and slow praying of the rosary with Mary.

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