Wednesday of 30th Week of Ordinary C

Strive to Enter Through the Narrow Gate

Story told that in the first century, there was a famous monk very wise and holy always advised his disciples saying: Remember to repent a day before you die. His disciples asked him, “How would we know the day we die, so we can repent a day before?” “Therefore,” he said, “you need to repent a day before you die.” Since, we don’t know when we die, we need to repent everyday of our life. How would we do it?

In today’s Gospel, Jesus responds to the one who asked him, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?” “Strive to enter through the narrow gate,” Jesus said, “for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.” What does it mean to enter through the narrow gate? What kind of gate is that? What kind of muscle is that we need to be strong enough to enter? The narrow gate, perhaps, is Christ who reveals himself on the middle of the cross to reconcile us with God on the vertical line and to reconcile us with one another on the horizontal line. The muscle that we need, perhaps, is the discipline of the commitment of faith to the Lord to have courage and strength to reconcile with God and with one another.

Only through both reconciliation with God and with one another, we are recognized by him. Even though, Jesus said, “we ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets,” he still would not recognize us if we do not reconcile with one another. We are invited to reconcile with God and with one another when we are still breathing the same air under the same sun. The decision is yours.

 

Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen


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