Humbly submit your will to God (Thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary.
Jesus passed through towns and villages,
teaching as he went and making his way to Jerusalem.
Someone asked him,
“Lord, will only a few people be saved?”
He answered them,
“Strive to enter through the narrow gate,
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.’
And you will say,
‘We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.’
Then he will say to you,
‘I do not know where you are from.
Depart from me, all you evildoers!’
And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth
when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God
and you yourselves cast out.
And people will come from the east and the west
and from the north and the south
and will recline at table in the Kingdom of God.
For behold, some are last who will be first,
and some are first who will be last.” Lk 13:22-30
Jesus teaches us today that He is the narrow gate and that it will not be open forever. He teaches us that it will take great effort to enter the narrow gate. He speaks specifically to the Jews who were chosen and are rejecting Him and the Word. The Gentiles from all 4 corners of the world will enter before the Jews if they do not accept Him and His teachings.
The lesson we learn is that we must give great effort to enter heaven and that we should be thankful it is open for us. Our effort cooperating with God’s grace equals holiness. Holy equals happy. Holy equals entering the narrow gate. What do we need to do to be holy and enter heaven where there is no stain of sin?
1. Repent and be baptized in the water and the Spirit
2. Live out our baptismal vows each day: Reject Satan, grow in holiness
3. Avenues of holiness for us:
a) Sacraments, Catholic ER (Eucharist and Reconciliation)
b) Offer up our daily crosses: Jesus has fashioned ours perfectly for us, ask Him to help you carry it, Jesus gives suffering purpose we can offer it up through His suffering to grow in holiness and to pray for the salvation of souls, never let the power of the cross die-fight and persevere
d) Works of Mercy: Jesus attaches these to judgment day, they start in the home, enter each room offering help, the Little Way
e) indulgences: Act of Contrition, Adoration, Sign of the Cross, offering up our suffering with Christ’s, Act of Contrition, visiting a grave between Nov. 1-8, Novenas, rosary in a church or with a group, etc.
f) God chose Mary as the instrument to bring His only Son into the world, we must choose Mary as the instrument to get back to God. Ask Mary’s intercession in all prayer. Devote yourself to the rosary and consecrate yourself to Jesus through Mary.
God has given us everything we need to be holy. He loves you more than you love yourself, He knows you better than you know yourself, He wants you to know His Will-Fr. Mike Schmitz. Talk to Him. Fight your fallen human nature and Satan. Never give up. Enter heaven through Jesus and become a saint! This is what He died for.
Today’s challenge: Reflect on one area of your life where you can recognize God’s grace better and work harder for it. Enter through the narrow gate each day by choosing holiness over sin creating virtue-good habits.
Be a servant, become a saint!