Posted by: livingscripture | June 21, 2011

Twelfth Tuesday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

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.

                     Matthew 7: 13-14                                                               

How should we live this Word 

I recall that as a youngster this argument embarrassed me as any other kind of stricture that I encountered in life.  The ambiguity lay in a mistaken interpretation of the metaphor used byJesus.  I thought that the ‘narrow gate’ referred to continual renouncing and mortification that took the joy out of life.  Thanks be to God, I later understood that it really meant the opposite.

In order to pass through a narrow gate, we must be rid of all that might encumber us.  By passing through the gate, we are admitted into spaces of life that are for God’s children but we first must remove all the encumbrances of wants, attitudes, and possessions that are egotistical.

The narrow gate opens onto horizons that breathe true freedom.  We feel light, without the weight of useless preoccupations that gravitate around ourselves.  We feel happy and breathe true joy.  Christianity is not a religion of those who turn their back on life.  It invites us to renounce what prevents us from accessing what is, what really counts.                                               

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on my concept of my religion.  Do I see it as liberating? 

Lord Jesus, help me to rid myself of all that blocks my passage through the narrow gate of the Gospel.

The voice of Saint Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church

If you want to be everything stop seeking to be something.

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