"Strive to enter by the narrow gate.”
by Sister Renee Delvaux
The question in the Gospel today is: Who will be saved? Who will enter the Kingdom of God?
Jesus makes it clear that the grace of salvation is offered to all. ALL are invited, ALL are welcome, and then at the same time He expresses a BUT: “Many… will attempt to enter BUT will not be strong enough.”
Salvation is not guaranteed, is not simple. It takes hard work. Jesus reminds us that we need to “strive to enter through the narrow gate.” To strive means to exert effort and energy. There is no room for passivity and complacency. St. Augustine said that God created us without our help but He will not save us without our help. Salvation comes to those who live as Jesus did -- in loving service of others.
Thank you Sister for today's reflection, a thoughtful one indeed!
I have Finally realized in my heart that it's not enough to be born into the Catholic Church, to be raised by a faithful man, remain lifelong friends w/a special Sister. I must renew my faith every day & strive to live the remainder of my life, every day, in service to others, if I have any hope of passing though His narrow gate.
Sister, Great points to ponder. Thank you.
Thank you, Sister Renee, for the points to ponder. Being a cradle Catholic is not enough; there is so much more to getting through that narrow gate.