Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/103118.cfm

Today, in Mercy, Jesus sets out a stringent formula for entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven.

Strive to enter through the narrow gate,

for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter

but will not be strong enough.

Jesus goes on to say that some will get to the threshold of the kingdom and be denied entrance because they are not recognized. These petitioners will be shocked, saying, “But we ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.”

The passage teaches us that there is more to faith than religion, more to prayer than words, more to relationship than ritual. We may be the most observant Catholic, Lutheran, or Jew. We may stay praying in church longer than anyone else. We may know the catechism by heart. But if our deep heart hasn’t touched God’s, we will not be recognized at the narrow gate.

Where will we find God’s heart? The Gospel seems to suggest that we would do best to look among those who are considered “last” – those who are poor, humble, suffering, marginalized. At “the gate”, they will be “first” – so they must have the secret to that stringent formula.

There is little or nothing between these blessed ones and the touch of God – no power, pride or wealth. Their strength lies in their utter dependence on God – God knows them in that dependence.

It is hard for us to reach that place of trust and unity with God. Our possessions and accomplishments get in the way. Our independence and self-reliance get in the way. Our pride and penchant for control get in the way. It is a very narrow gate through these things that lets us find God – our God Who is not far … Who waits in the spaces between our self-importance.

Music: Enter the Narrow Gate! – John Michael Talbot

Enter the narrow gate

The gate that leads to life

His yoke is easy and His burden is light.

Pray for your enemies Those who abuse you

Love them and do not hate And love will follow you.

Enter the narrow gate

The gate that leads to life

His yoke is easy and His burden is light.

Forgive those who offend And seek their forgiveness And when you bring your gift You will be forgiven.

Enter the narrow gate

The gate that leads to life

His yoke is easy and His burden is light.

His yoke is easy and His burden is light.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OhojjbYVdLs

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