Strive to enter by the narrow gate

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Year C  -  21th Sunday in Ordinary time

Strive to enter by the narrow gate

Strive to enter by the narrow gate Catholic Gospels - Matthew, Luke, Mark, John - Inspirations of the Holy Spirit Luke 13:22-30

22 And he went through the cities and towns teaching, and making his journey to Jerusalem.
23 And a certain man said to him: Lord, are they few that are saved? But he said to them:
24 Strive to enter by the narrow gate; for many, I say to you, shall seek to enter, and shall not be able.
25 But when the master of the house shall be gone in, and shall shut the door, you shall begin to stand without, and knock at the door, saying: Lord, open to us. And he answering, shall say to you: I know you not, whence you are.
26 Then you shall begin to say: We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.
27 And he shall say to you: I know you not, whence you are: depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.
28 There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you shall see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.
29 And there shall come from the east and the west, and the north and the south; and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.
30 And behold, they are last that shall be first; and they are first that shall be last.

Inspiration of the Holy Spirit - From the Sacred Heart of Jesus

21th Sunday in Ordinary time - Strive to enter by the narrow gate Strive to enter by the narrow gate. It has been made small so that only the little ones will fit through it; it is narrow because only those without attachments will enter. If it were too easy to go to heaven, I would not have sacrificed myself as the price for your salvation.

The road of the life of this world is wide, many follow it because it is like a river of desires and pleasures, it drags them into spiritual danger and it is a definite way to perdition. The road to heaven is narrow and difficult to follow, not everyone can find it easily because it demands following my gospel. It is very easy to stray from it because of the distractions of the world.

The pursuit of the Kingdom of Heaven demands hard work, obedience and perseverance. Many start the walk on the road of salvation, but few stay on it; some think they will be able to come back but let me warn you, it is not wise to play with the spiritual life.

The evil one is constantly setting obstacles in the path of holiness to destroy the good work of souls. Beware of the enemy; arm yourself with the weapons of virtue. Pray for your faith, hope and love to be stronger, atone for your sins by practicing charity.

Donít justify yourself, thinking that you are already on the high steps of the spiritual ladder, the higher you are, the harder you will fall. Be humble and admit your weaknesses and limitations. Those who consider themselves to be last may be first because of their humility, but those who justify themselves will be last because of their pride.

Author: Joseph of Jesus and Mary

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