Bible Verse of the Day – Tuesday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time
13“Enter through the narrow gate;
for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many.
14How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few.”Matthew 7:13-14
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Today’s Bible Quote of the Day Reflections
Today we are being cautioned by Jesus Christ about what kind of life we should aspire to live so that we can inherit the Kingdom of God.
Christ gives us an analogy using the gate and the road. Let’s analyse the meanings of the wide/narrow gate and the road.
The wide gate and road symbolize the comfortable, fun-filled, luxurious, carefree et al life of this evil world. The wide aspect shows freedom of choice to do anything you want with utter disregard of Christ’s teachings. It is a path for sinners and atheists. This is a path that most people follow but unfortunately leads to self and spiritual destruction.
Jesus Christ cautions us that money and material wealth will drive us away from Him. Just as He told the rich young man that if he wants to inherit the Kingdom of God, he has to sell all his treasures and follow Jesus. Earthly material wealth is for those who chose the wide gate and road.
The narrow gate and road symbolize the humble pious life, full of self-sacrifice for God’s sake and for others especially the least of my brothers. This is a path of life that a person denies himself/herself the fun, luxury and pleasures of life by sacrificing ones disposable wealth to help the needy and the Church of Christ.
The narrow path also means that we avoid and abstain from immoralities, evil wealth accumulation and other worldly desires that are against the teachings of Christ because they can lead us into sin. This is a path that most people find restrictive, pauper-like, unimaginable and boring.
When some people hear that there are people who live this kind of life, they say that they are bewitched, boring or unambitious. But Jesus encourages us that this is the way to go if we are to inherit the Kingdom of God.
Let us today vow to stick to the narrow path that leads to eternal life and shun the wide road that can lead us to destruction where we can be thrown to the fiery Gehenna.
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, thank you for Your teaching today that we choose the narrow path that leads to Your salvation. Help us to avoid the temptations of this world which can drift us to the wider destructive path. We pray and believe in Jesus Name. Amen.
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