“Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able.” –Luke 13:24
Today’s gospel reading is difficult. Why is the gate narrow? Why will many try to enter but fail? Despite my initial preoccupations, I found very satisfying answers to these questions during the homily at the mass I attended this morning. The priest explained that the gate is narrow not because God wants the gate to be narrow but rather because we humans make it narrow. We bundle ourselves up with disobedience, disbelief, and dismay to such an extent that we are too large to pass through to God’s kingdom. It is difficult to enter heaven not because God is cruel but because we make it hard for ourselves. God’s love is strong and eternal, yet we reject it in our sinfulness. If we abide in God’s love, then we won’t have to go through the narrow gate alone, for He will guide us through to Himself, with arms wide open.
May God bless you today and forevermore!