Like an athlete, am I attentive to what's important, to what God is calling me?
by Renae Bauer
In Sunday’s Gospel, when asked if only a few people will be saved, Jesus says, "Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.”
A few words and phrases stand out:
- “strive” – Am I trying (wholeheartedly, not halfheartedly) to find my way to Jesus?
- “many will attempt” – Salvation is freely given by God. Do I fully accept it? Do I love God with all my heart? Do I love my neighbors and enemies? Are my eyes focused on the things of this world or those of the next?
- “not be strong enough” – Like an elite athlete in training, an authentic Christian lifestyle permeates our time, our budget, our thoughts, our words, our actions. What work do I need to do?