I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Reflection for Wednesday October 29, Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time; Luke 13:22-30

Gospel: Luke 13:22-30
Through towns and villages Jesus went teaching, making his way to Jerusalem. Someone said to him, 'Sir, will there be only a few saved?' He said to them, 'Try your hardest to enter by the narrow door, because, I tell you, many will try to enter and will not succeed. 'Once the master of the house has got up and locked the door, you may find yourself standing outside knocking on the door, saying, "Lord, open to us," but he will answer, "I do not know where you come from." Then you will start saying, "We once ate and drank in your company; you taught in our streets," but he will reply, "I do not know where you come from; away from me, all evil doers!" 'Then there will be weeping and grinding of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrown out. people And from east and west, from north and south, will come and sit down at the feast in the kingdom of God. 'Look, there are those now last who will be first, and those now first who will be last.'
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How are we living our lives today? Do we live it in pursuit of the many pleasures of this world which more often than not only brings us closer to the doorway of hell? There are many stories of destroyed lives for the simple reason that they immersed their lives in this world. Not knowing that they were actually being brought little by little by the devil to his kingdom.

The door to hell is wide, it’s full of revolting pleasures, for example, let us try going to a night club or a disco house in the dead of night. What would we find there? People who loves worldly pleasures, people who would readily commit sin if the opportunity presents itself most especially when they are already intoxicated.  

Jesus in our gospel talks about the narrow door, this is the door that leads to Himself. Indeed the door going to Jesus is narrow for this will require us to sacrifice and even leave behind many things that brings us nothing but fleeting pleasures.

We need to reflect and ponder at some point in our lives and ask ourselves this question, is my life all about pleasures? Is there something more deeply meaningful than this pleasures that I am presently going through? Yes there is something deeply more profound and meaningful than any other pleasure/s in this world. And this is the narrow door that leads to Jesus Himself.    

Are we now willing to take the steps going to that narrow door? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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