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Today's Gospel: Luke 13:22-30
Today we see, once again, Jesus teaching the truths and mysteries of the faith by way of parables. Why did Jesus speak in parables? The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) has this to say in paragraph 546 (paraphrased):
Through His parables, (Jesus) invites people to enter into His kingdom. In the parables, Jesus is able to symbolically express the radical choices that the faithful must make to gain the kingdom. “One must give everything.” If we become disciples of Christ, we will understand these secrets of the kingdom expressed (as through a mirror) in His parables. For those who turn away, the symbolism remains enigmatic.
In this Gospel passage, Jesus uses the image of a narrow gate to point to the extreme nature of commitment that is called for in our Christian faith. We can’t just go through the motions of weekly Mass without giving our all to Christ. It doesn’t matter how many committees we serve on in our parish, or how often we volunteer at the local soup kitchen. We must make a wholehearted and revolutionary effort towards our goal of discipleship, lest we hear these words: “I do not know where you are from.”
In the words of St. Jose Maria Escriva: “A Christian’s struggle must be unceasing, for interior life consists in beginning and beginning again. This prevents us from thinking that we are perfect already.”
Do I go about my daily life focused on Christ and the narrow gate? Are there “visual reminders” I could add to my environment, to help me stay on course?
Guide me, Lord, in my sinful weakness. Send angels to assist me, as I travel with my family on this narrow path that leads us to heaven. Amen.
Copyright 2021 Charlene Rack
About the Author
Charlene Rack grew up in the "heartland," moved south to Cincinnati, married a Catholic man, converted to Catholicism, and had three children. Along the way, she's planned many mission trips, youth groups, and pilgrimages to the March for life for teens and young adults - all carried out with her goofy sense of humor and her enthusiastic sense of adventure. Read her blog at Grandma’s Coffee Soup.