Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
The narrow door mentioned by Jesus has a great many teachings for me as a disciple: There are indeed many other, wider, paths that I find branching off from the narrow path that leads to the narrow door, but they, each and all, lead me astray, away from God my Saviour. Entry through a narrow doorway immediately precludes anyone who is burdened with many possessions – or book bags, bulky back packs or shopping bags full of purchases. The narrow gateway of faith in Jesus is not notable or even ‘interesting’ to those with no time for God. In fact it is, out of the way of mainstream plans and projects and the fickle eyes of the media, and is of no interest to the crowds looking for self-satisfaction. The narrow door that Christ points out as the entry point to life, is hidden and inconspicuous, as much as it is narrow, and is not advertized, (though it is proclaimed). Indeed to enter through the narrow door, requires a commitment to find it, and the humility of a lithe and disciplined body without the ‘fat of pride’ to walk through it. Will I find and open the narrow door that is the way of Christ Jesus? Holy Spirit, help me enter through the narrow door.
He leads me in right paths for his name sake. (Psalm 23:3)
Well and good if all things change, O Lord God, provided I am rooted in You.
St. John of the Cross
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.