Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Sunday Word

Is 66:18-21
Heb 12:5-7, 11-13
Lk 13:22-30

When we stop to visit our Sunday Scriptures we see that the Gospel focuses on the narrow gate. What is the narrow gate that Jesus refers to in the Gospel? And why must we enter the gate before it’s too late? For me the narrow gate is the pathway that will lead us to Jesus. Jesus is always calling us to renew our lives and follow Him before our lives in this world is over.

We all know that there’s no absolutes in this world. All that we possess can be taken away anytime of the day, even our lives can abruptly end at any moment. But before all this happens, Jesus wants us to live our lives worthy in His eyes so that if our lives ends we can pass through that narrow door to be permanently with Him in heaven.

Our Lord did not leave us these words to satisfy our curiosities. What He taught demands decision. His Word points out the narrow gate as the way of salvation. It also exposes false guides who would lead us astray. Finally, it provides us with a sure foundation on which to build our lives.

Have you passed through that narrow gate? Have you trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ as the door of salvation?

Someday we must all stand before the One who uttered these words and give an account to Him as the God and Judge of the universe. May it be that He shall say, “Well done, good and faithful servant enter into the joy of your Master.”
+ + +
Pray for the Canonization of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade

"What does it mean to love God with one’s whole soul? It means to love him as long as we live; it means to be ready to sacrifice one’s life in his service, rather than to disobey; it means to bring the sacrifice of all the passions."
Blesssed William Joseph Chaminade