We have a choice! Things can be done either the easy way, or the hard way. I am sure for many of us we would rather do it the easy way. I think this is especially true when it comes to learning a lesson. A lesson can be learned the easy way, or the hard way. The tendency in our society today is to want to do things the easy way. What’s the least I have to do? What is the minimum I have to do? All I have to do is be a good person, right? These thoughts indicate that things should be done the easy way.
In Luke’s gospel for today’s mass, Jesus turns this notion upside down. Jesus encourages us to try to enter through the narrow gate. To enter through the narrow gate is not easy. It requires us to embrace the cross. Entering the narrow way asks us to endure suffering, trial, and hardship. Coming through the narrow gate also asks us to embrace the discipline that God has set forth for us. St. Paul tells us in our second reading: “Do not disdain the discipline of the Lord or lose heart when reproved by him; for whom the Lord loves, he disciplines.”
Brothers and Sisters, do not be afraid of God’s discipline when it takes place. God disciplines us in order that we might live as God wants us to live. Jesus established the church not only to help us on our journey, but also to help us to stay disciplined. By following the church’s discipline we are showing God that we want what our Lord promises. To follow God’s discipline is not easy. It certainly isn’t popular, either. Taking the easy way out, and following the popular way will not lead us to heaven. This is why I would urge us all to enter through the narrow gate. By going through the narrow gate I pray that we all will one day share in the victory God promises for us. That victory is new life with Christ, forever. Let us together lead each other to this gift that God wants for all of us.
May God bless you,
Father Todd Mlsna