“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 true” (Mt 7:13-14).
Jesus meets us where we are in our present state of life. He accepts us as we are in this very moment. At the same time, Jesus does not want us to just settle, to be minimalists and merely get by, surviving day by day, but instead he guides us to be fully actualized. He calls us to perfection, to holiness, to be saints! He sees in us, as he did in his disciples and apostles, the promise of our potential and who his Father calls us to be. We each have a unique gift or gifts to offer to the world, each and every one of us.
Entering the narrow gate means that we need to say no to those apparent goods and half truths that will in the end, burden us, weigh us down, and ultimately lead us to emptiness. So not to aimlessly stand outside, to pass through the narrow gate, we need to say yes to that which will truly bring us happiness and fulfillment. We will also need to say no to supporting our false ego and our slavery to sin; to fear, anxiety, and worry such that we turn in on ourselves. May we instead say yes to going out from ourselves and willing the good of and accompanying others.
Let us spend some quiet time in prayer today with Jesus, seeking and discerning his will and listening for his guidance. What thought burdens of worry, anxiety, or fear; pride, judgement, or prejudice; what sinful actions, habits, or addictions can we say no to and let go of? May we open our heart to the Holy Spirit to give us the courage to do so. May we place our hand in Jesus’ hand today, allow him to lead us off the broad road that leads us to sin and destruction, so to pass through the narrow gate with him that will lead us to experience the love, mercy, and grace of God Our Father. What Jesus guides us to do, he will also give us the strength and resources to bring to completion. Our completion is to be fully alive, to experience a life of joy to the full, and assist and support others in doing the same.
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The Mass reading for Tuesday, June 26, 2018: