Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough. (Luke 13:24)
If Jesus would ask you, “Where are you from?” what would you say? A clue; he isn’t interested in geography. He wants to know where our heart is. Is it in education; a career; sports or maybe entertainment? There are many things that are important to us and we can usually tell which are most important by the amount of time and energy we devote to them. If you want to be a good student you will study hard; there are no short cuts. You can find ways to only do the minimum, but you will be cheating yourself. Later in life, you will regret that you didn’t take you studies more seriously.
If you want to become a doctor, lawyer, accountant, mechanic or anything else you will not stop studying once you receive your degree if you want to be successful. If you want to be a good athlete you will make sacrifices and eat well, get plenty of exercise and learn what you must do to play your position.
There are many things that are important to us in this life, but most will not help us to answer the question that Jesus will ask us, “Where are you from?”
The answer of course is; we are from God. Each of us was in the mind of God before the beginning of creation; and God has a great plan for each and every one of us. However, He must be part of the plan; the most important part of the plan. It is possible for us to discover what that plan is because we have been baptized and have become children of God and members of His Church. In baptism we received the gifts of faith, hope and charity as well as the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
For sure, part of the plan for every one of us is that we must keep the commandments He has given us. We must pray every day because prayer does make a difference. Pray, not only for yourself, but for your family, friends, for everyone you know and even for people you don’t know. We pray because we want to be connected to God. We must worship the Lord every Sunday; receive the sacraments frequently; read the Holy Scriptures to learn more about who He is and who were are in relationship to him and continue to learn more about our faith and then share the faith with others. We never graduate from religious education. If you are interested in God, you will want to spend time with Him and have a desire to know Him and to be faithful to Him. In turn, God will help us to discover the great plan He has for us; a plan that will lead us to our greatest happiness and fulfillment in this life.
Again, there are many things that are important in this life, but we must be clear; there is nothing more important than our relationship with God. He created us for Himself so that we might discover true and lasting happiness in Him. When our relationship with God is what it should be, then the other things that are important to us will be what they should be as well.
If we are intimately connected to God by our desire; by what we say and do, He will help us discover the right career for us and help us to get connected to people that will enrich our lives.
The Narrow Gate is the way of faithfulness to the will of God and there are no short cuts; we must deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow him. When Jesus sees us coming through the Narrow Gate he won’t have to ask where we are from.