“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.”
My reflection. As I pray, and as I reflect, many times images will come to mind, and it gives me more cause to go back and look at scripture for these answers. Last night I had an image of our Lord Jesus standing in the desert with footpaths leading to Him. At first I thought, “all paths lead to our Lord”. But this could not be farther than the truth. In Matthew, our Lord clearly states that the path to Heaven is not an easy one. As human beings, our ways are flawed, our gift of free will often leads us astray. But if we focus on the Christ, we can make it, we can chose the right footpath, the one that leads us to Heaven. Especially in these times, we are often called to sin through the media, through temptation, through false Gods, through false beliefs, but let us never forget to follow the light in our Hearts. To know another religion or study another religion is ok to the extent that you can then help lead people away from the false light, but take care in doing so, ever-mindful that there is only one way to God, and that is through the Christ. Many make the claim to contact, to be close to God through other religions, but none, except Christianity has Christ. No one has the one true God, who came down and sacrificed himself for our salvation. And this is the truth. I have stated in previous blogs that everyone, in my belief has the power of the Holy Spirit within them, from date of conception on. Through our gift of free will, many chose other paths, not paying attention to what the spirit within them is trying to tell them. This is truly why Jesus Christ came down from Heaven, and why the Apostles went forth, with no fear to preach His gospel. Pay attention every day, stay diligent, do not take the path of least resistance. Combat evil, through prayer, through reflection, through the gift of the Holy Eucharist and the Church’s sacraments. Do not stray from what God is trying to tell you. Listen to your heart, listen to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, to His love for you and for those around you. There is nothing in this life that God will put in front of you that you cannot handle. Through suffering comes great things; through suffering we realize the bigger picture. Too many shy away from this. Too many take the easy route. Look at temptation and the evils of the world and face them without fear. For the Holy Spirit is within us and will protect us. Too many go to God or go to Christ, but let us not forget that we must also go to the Holy Spirit, that lies within us all. All are one, and one are all. Remember, “I am”. Listen, and you will hear. Pray and you will hear. Study and you will hear. Never give up the fight, stay the course. Make time everyday, to give thanks. Help others to do the same. Make your job your vocation to go forth and preach the gospel during the Lenten weeks. Pray for the Church, that a charismatic, spiritual leader will take on the Chair of Saint Peter, and help us to guide those away from the wide gate. God Bless!
“Keep your eyes fixed on Him who is your guide to the heavenly country, where He is leading you. What does it matter to you whether Jesus wishes to guide you to Heaven by way of the desert or by the meadow, so long as He is always with you and you arrive at the possession of a blessed eternity?” -St. Pio
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