“Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.” Mt 7:13
I am currently doing the EXODUS 90 spiritual journey where men are to give up certain luxuries, such as TV, social media, hot showers, sweets etc., and increase prayer and fellowship with a fraternity for 90 days. The purpose of EXODUS 90 is to escape slavery, and like the Jews to leave our Egypt and enter into the promised land.
EXODUS 90 is a challenging program, but as the evangelist Matthew reminds us, we must strive to enter by the narrow gate.
The concept of the narrow gate is central to Parousia Media’s first ever in-house blog series.
In the Narrow Gate series, our very own staff will be writing new content for you. We want to invite you into our thinking and give you an understanding of who we are, not only as a ministry, but also as individuals living in the same world as you and everyone else.
In the past we have been publishing blog posts from our partners and have shared with you their insight and thoughts and informative teachings. We will continue to do that but we now want to have an opportunity for you to get to know us on a more personal level.
We want to have a continuous conversation with you.
This is a more intimate communication between individuals from the Parousia team and yourself about faith, life, about our struggles but more importantly about our hope and destination for our ultimate home, heaven.
There is only one way to get there, and that is by the narrow gate.
Finding the Meaning in the Narrow Gate
Jesus is the Good Shepherd who guards the gateway to the sheepfold (cf. Jn 10:7)
He is the gate we need to enter in order to make it to paradise and to have true freedom. We must imitate Him and follow Him, and that means also picking up our own cross everyday to follow the one who picked up His cross to give us eternal life.
So we must have suffering, but Christ reminds us that He can make all things new, and can transform all suffering into salvific power. We have heard it said, “no pain no gain.”
If we follow Jesus we understand that if there is no cross there is no crown. If we celebrate Easter we remember that it would not have happened if there was no Good Friday. In order to live we must first die to ourselves. I hope you are getting the picture.
Suffering is a part of our lives, and we should not try to avoid it at all costs, or think it is some kind of punishment, but rather embrace it.
Suffering when offered to the Father can be spiritually very meritorious. We can participate in Christ’s redemption through our own suffering. To get through the long, thin road ahead we must arm ourselves and use the tools at our disposal.
Tools and Provisions for Our Journey
Prayer is first and foremost, and not just vocal petitions but also praise and thanksgiving, adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, going to Mass, or meditating on the mysteries of the rosary.
These are all easily accessible. I also encourage you to take with you on your journey books, cds, dvds and access any of the streaming services around that promote the Catholic Faith in a way that inspires and motivates you to go deeper into your relationship with the very person who is the narrow gate, Christ.
So to wrap up you can see that we are not to do whatever is the easy path as it leads to damnation.
Stay focused on Christ and always turn to him. He gives us all the tools necessary to navigate the long and winding road that leads to the narrow gate.
The true path to freedom is self mastery. The only way to heaven is through the narrow gate.