Homily (Reflection) for Wednesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time (I) (30th October, 2019) on the Gospel
Ps 12:4-6 (R.v.6);
Topic: Watch your weight.
The world is conscious today more than ever of the hazards of being physically overweight. To avoid these hazards, we engage in a lot of things especially with regard to our feeding and physical exercises. However, we see in today’s gospel a more dangerous form of overweight that is often neglected by many.
Someone asked Jesus, “Lord, will only a few be saved?” He replied,
Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able....you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’ then in reply he will say to you, ‘I do not know where you come from.’
Interestingly, those to be shutout are not in ordinary sense foreigners. Hence they will say, “We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.” However, they will be told, “I do not know where you come from; go away from me, all you evildoers!”
The problem therefore will not be with the number to be saved but with the size of the door. Hence, Jesus also warned, “...the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matt 7:14).
Whoever wants eternal life must keep the size of his/her soul in check. What make the soul to be overweight can be summed up as living in the flesh, cf. Gal 5:19-21; 1Cor 15:50. The work must be now because a time shall come when it will be too late, cf. Heb 12:16-17. Good physical size can only elongate a life that must certainly end one day. But good spiritual size is for eternal life, cf. 1Cor 9:25.
Bible Reading: Gal 5:16-26; 1Cor 6:9-11; Heb 12:14-29; Matt 25:31-46.
Thought for today: Check your size.
Let us pray: Lord, assist us in our struggle to enter by the narrow gate – Amen.
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