Daily Reflection for Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Tuesday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Genesis 13:2, 5-18
Responsorial: Psalm 15: 2-3a, 3bc-4ab, 5
Gospel: Matthew 7:6, 12-14
Our reflection on Tuesday’s readings:
Enter through the narrow gate … Matthew 7:13
In today’s gospel, we hear that we have come to a split in the road. One way takes us through a wide gate onto a broad road and many are going that way. The other takes us through a narrow gate onto a constricted road with fewer people taking that route. What will our choice be: take the road that looks easy or the road that may be difficult to travel? This is similar to wanting to lose weight – do we buy the “magic” pills or follow the doctor’s advice and change our diet and get more exercise, which is more work?
Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are two programs that have had amazing results in helping us who are dependent on alcohol or narcotics end our dependence. We often enter the programs expecting to find a magic way to stop the addiction. Then we learn that work and commitment are required. We must admit that we are hopeless, we cannot do it by ourselves, and that we must turn to God for help. We must take a fearless moral inventory of ourselves. Then admit to God, ourselves, and another person what we had done. We must ask God for forgiveness and to remove our shortcomings. We must ask forgiveness of those we have harmed. Sounds like confession, doesn’t it? Not easy things for me or anyone I know to do.
In summary: God, I need help. God, forgive me for the things I have done. God, help me to change my life. God, thank you for Your love and grace.
This is the narrow path or gate. When we work with God and seek to find His will, the results can be amazing and lead us to a new existence. My life becomes more relaxed, and I can help others.
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.