Sunday 27 October 2013

Wednesday of Week 30 Year 1

Most of us would not like to be left out in one form or another. Some do not like to be left out of the latest juicy news (which may turn out to be gossip). Some do not like to be left out of the latest gadget or gizmo. Others do not like to be left out of career advancement or bonuses. But how many of us truly do not want to be left out of being in God's presence? The answer may seem obvious, but this is where we need to examine ourselves honestly.

In today's Gospel, Jesus cautioned us: "Try your best to enter by the narrow door, because, I tell you, many will try to enter and will not succeed." What is Jesus trying to tell us here? Does it mean that only certain people are able to succeed and others are condemned and will fail? No. What Jesus is trying to tell us here is that we need to do our part (regular Mass attendance, regular confession, etc. sounds familiar?) and at the same time, depend on Him and trust in Him to help us. It is when we try to enter on our own effort that we will fail. The funny thing is, there are people out there who think they can do it on their own and stubbornly try to make it through their own way. But here, we have Jesus our Lord offering us lots of help. He is inviting us to "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)" It depends on whether we want to accept His help or not.

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