Daily Reflection for Wednesday, October 26 2022
Peace and Blessings, Friends, and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Wednesday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Ephesians 6:1-9
Responsorial: Psalm 145:10-11, 12-13ab, 13cd-14
Gospel: Luke 13:22-30
Our reflection on Wednesday’s readings:
“Strive to enter through the narrow gate.” Luke 13:24
In today’s Gospel Jesus is asked if only a few people will be saved. His answer is “Strive to enter through the narrow gate . . . many will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.”
This advice from Jesus leads me to three questions: What is the narrow gate? What kind of strength is needed? Is it different for each person (soul)?
A clue to the answers may be found in Jesus’ comment that many will attempt to enter but not be strong enough.
In the world, we have many people proclaiming Christianity. Being part of such a movement often yields a sense of self-righteousness. For some, it may give power or financial wealth. It is easy to jump on such a bandwagon.
Over the years, I have enjoyed leading Christian workshops, retreats and serving on a charity board. If feels good to be in Christian fellowship and to be charitable. It lifts me up as well as others. In many ways it is quite self-serving. There is recognition and pats on the back for a job well done. Thanks are received. These are well intended, good Christian activities that refuel me and others.
But, the gate Jesus speaks of is narrow. When does following Christ not feel so comfortable? When does it squeeze the heart? Where might I not be strong enough to see and love as Jesus does?
Jesus says, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate.” He doesn’t say it is the only way to be saved, He says “Strive.”
Where or what is your narrow gate? What is the discomfort you might not be strong enough to face? Maybe it is letting go of something. A mindset, view, bias, crutch, bad habit or even way of life.
I have always known I am a child of God. At age 70, I am beginning to understand my narrow gate. It is a perception, a way of thinking I need to let go of and replace with God’s view. I will strive and I will not be strong enough many times. Jesus already told me the gate is narrow. He said to strive, and I will.
My prayer for you and me is that we will strive to enter the narrow gate and experience the saving heart of Jesus.
Blessings to you,