Saturday, August 20, 2016

Save by "Narrow Gate" Faith

21st Sunday, C: Narrow Gate Faith 

“Lord, will only a few people be saved?” 
He answered them,
“Strive to enter through the narrow gate,"

What’s wrong with a narrow gate? Why does it repel us?

A narrow gate only admits  people who travel lightly, without a lot of baggage, or people who are walking, travelling without a vehicle or horse. 
In other words, a narrow gate is intimidating to anyone who is travelling with a lot of possessions.

We are a travelling people because we cannot we remain here: "we have here no lasting city".

The gate symbolizes for us the passage through that change which happens to us when we “die”.

 What are the things which strike us as narrow, the aspects of life in Christ:

Penance
Prayer
Fasting
Faithfulness to Sunday Mass
Forgiving and loving others

These ways of living strengthen our faith.
“for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter.
but will not be strong enough”

We all have to pass through the gate; our choices now will determine if we will be strong enough.

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