Jesus warned us that the door to heaven is very narrow.
“Strive to enter through the narrow gate,Luke 13:22-25
for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter
but will not be strong enough.
After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door,
then will you stand outside knocking and saying,
‘Lord, open the door for us.’
He will say to you in reply,
‘I do not know where you are from.
I could despair of ever being able to get there!
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There are times when my faith falters.
R. Lord, come to my aid!Psalm 40:14b, 40:3
The LORD heard my cry.
He drew me out of the pit of destruction,
out of the mud of the swamp;
he set my feet upon a crag;
he made firm my steps.
R. Lord, come to my aid!
Certainly there are times when I’m feeling tested by uncertainty and doubts. Perhaps not directly my faith in God, exactly, but more about how much I can trust Him to protect me through my trials.
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“Seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. Luke 12:31-32
Do not be afraid any longer, little flock,
for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.”
Jesus is speaking here not just to the twelve apostles, but to all His followers. Which means all of us who are working to follow His teachings.
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There are times when I must consider my own mortality. Because, in the end, I can’t take any of this with me.
At least not any material goods.
But it’s pretty clear from the Bible that my soul, my knowledge, and my relationships survive death. How exactly, I’m not sure.
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I love today’s Gospel, because it puts the Lord’s Prayer in context.
He said to them, “When you pray, say:Luke 11:2-4
Father, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread
and forgive us our sins
for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us,
and do not subject us to the final test.”
So often I just fall into thinking of this prayer as a standalone thing. I want to talk to God, but I don’t know quite what to say, so I’ll rely on the formula I’ve been practicing since I was 3.
Or, in Mass, we want to pray together, so we rely on the form given to us by our liturgy.
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Reading Jesus entered a village Luke 10:38-39
where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed Him.
She had a sister named Mary
who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to Him speak.
It always seemed to me that the Gospel stories have an absolute abundance of Marys! No doubt it was a popular name then as it is now.
Perhaps it’s because Mary can represent all of us, not just the mother of our Lord.
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It is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.Ephesians 2:8-10
This concept gives me pause.
If we are God’s handiwork, then that means that I myself am God’s work. And since God is perfect, then he intentionally created me as I am.
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I’ve seen ongoing discussion about this concept of God leading us into temptation. Apparently the Italian Bishops are rewording this part of the Our Father to be something like “do not let us fall/be abandoned to temptation” and received approval from the Pope.
It does seem just a bit cruel to imply that a loving God might lead us into a path which could result in our demise.
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This coming week, the US will celebrate its core belief in freedom. But the Christian view isn’t quite the same!
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For freedom Christ set us free;Gal 5:13-14
so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.
For you were called for freedom, brothers and sisters.
But do not use this freedom
as an opportunity for the flesh;
rather, serve one another through love.
Some celebrate today the Immaculate Heart of Mary. If you want to see a bit more about this, check out the Wikipedia article.
What I’m pondering is the purity of Our Lady’s devotion and dedication. I have plenty of things in my own life that I’ve stayed committed to for a long period of time, even decades.
But what about my purity of dedication? I’m not so sure.
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