27 June, 2017: Narrow is the Gate that Leads to Life


Tuesday of the twelfth week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1: Gen 13: 2, 5-18; Gospel: Mt 7: 6, 12-14

Life, at most of the times, leaves us with many options. We cannot but choose something. And, as well known, these choices make up our life.

Here is a definite statement of our Lord to choose the narrow gate. The situation is not the absence of the other – a broad road. Given the option between two, broad and a narrow path, Christ suggests us to opt for the narrow path. This suggestion doesn’t have a big reason behind, but only a greater and magnificent result. The destiny of this narrow way is not a material gift, human appreciation, high social status, but above all else, the eternal life.

The statements are clear. But how do we know something to be the narrow path? In our day to day life, how do we differentiate between the broad and the narrow road?

Christ gives us a deliberate and a definite answer in His golden rule: “In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you.” This rule is not the key that leads us to the narrow road, rather faithfulness to this rule in itself is a narrow road. This rule summarizes the law and the prophets – the whole of the Old Testament. Treating others by our words, looks and deeds as we want to be treated is the way to eternal life.

Given the option between the eternal life and eternal damnation what do you desire to choose? With God’s help, let us travel through the narrow path to enjoy the eternal bliss in His presence for ever and ever.

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