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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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Reflection for Tuesday June 27, Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time: Matthew 7:6, 12-14

Gospel: Matthew 7:6, 12-14
Jesus said to his disciples: "Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces. "Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the Law and the Prophets.

"Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few."
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A man was advised by his mother to stop going out with his friends that only brought troubles and problems into his life. He adamantly defended his friends and he continued with his friendship with his troublesome and drug user friends. He continued this until they met an accident where he was paralyzed.

The narrow gate is the doorway to righteousness and the doorway to be friends with Jesus. The narrow gate is the advice of our relatives and well meaning friends, they have no other intention but our welfare.

However, we often times refuse to enter this narrow gate because it initially curtails our earthly happiness and desires, we prefer to enter the wide gate because it gives us liberty to follow our earthly desires which only leads us to sin even destruction.

When we decide to go through the narrow gate there surely will be some discomfort for the simple reason that we are not used to it. For example, from a hedonistic life we now decide to turn a new leaf and begin to follow Jesus. 

We surely would go through some humps and bumps however it’s just temporary. Sooner we will find out that the narrow gate that leads to Jesus will give us true serenity and peace.

Let us think and prefer the narrow gate that leads to Jesus and we would never ever regret that decision. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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