FR. GERALD MUSA HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OF THE 30TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR II.
THEME: THE NARROW DOOR.
BY: Fr. GERALD M. MUSA.
HOMILY FOR WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 26 2022.
An African proverb says ‘Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors. Likewise, Jesus speaks about the narrow door. Someone asked: “Will those who are saved be few?” Jesus responded, “Strive to enter by the narrow door” (Luke 13:23-24). The narrow door means the tough and rough road that saves. The narrow door is in contrast with the wide and spacious door (gate) which everyone follows (Matthew 6:14). By telling us to follow the narrow door, Jesus encourages us not to be like everyone else and not to follow the bandwagon. The wider way is the way of the world and the narrow way is the way of glory and honour. Faithful and resourceful people often say the road that led to their honour and glory was rocky, thorny, muddy, tedious, inconveniencing, and narrow. Likewise, the door that leads to heaven and salvation is narrow. Entry into this narrow door demands humility, self-sacrifice, and focus. Parents who wish their children to be unique and different usually take them through the school of hard knocks.’ Pope Francis says: “I would like to propose something to you. Let us think now for a moment, in silence, of the things that we have inside us which prevent us from entering the door: my pride, my arrogance, my sins.” Do we avoid the narrow door because we do not want to face challenges, or because of our pride, or because we have lost focus?
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