The Narrow and Wide Gates
Jesus tell us He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. When I think of following Jesus - my mind often drifts to this verse in Matthew. Today instead of focusing on the narrow and the difficult way it clearly can be - no arguing that - I want to focus on how this road can be widened.
It is wide when we:
Let me expand a bit on these:
First, it is easy to think that our lives are as good as they are going to get especially if we have a comfortable life and enjoy good health. It is also easy to fall into a mindset of resignation if things aren't going well or we are not well, and just chalk it up to life and circumstances beyond our control. A faith in Jesus Christ is much more than a lucky charm or a wishing well - knowing Christ is making a new friend, one that has the words of wisdom to bring you hope, peace, joy and love in every situation. HOW could you not what a friend like that?!
Second, never assume that the person in the pew beside you or with hands held high at a Christian concert, actually knows Christ as friend. I was a cradle Catholic, who went to Mass almost regularly for 10 years before I realized there was so much more to my Catholic faith than a perfect attendance record for the pearly gates. There was beautiful and powerful prayers (such as the Rosary, Novenas and Litanies - just to name a few), there was grace in abundance available in the Sacraments (which brings healing in Reconciliation, strength in the Eucharist, and courage in Baptism/Confirmation - just to name a few), and there is the scriptures - to guide my path and bring my dialog with the Triune God to a whole new level. No one told me. I missed the message somehow and no one thought to invite me deeper, but once someone did my life was transformed.
Now, I share the ridiculous abundance of Christ moments in my life. Things I once thought as crazy coincidence, are now clearly an amazing godcidence (*word I coined during my reversion in 2005) - and I embrace and ponder the lesson to be found in them. If I am thinking something and the answer comes via a friend, book or Mack truck - I do not ignore it. Usually through tears I praise God for the heavenly hug, and then tweet it, blog it, or InstaQuote it -- lately you may even find me Periscoping it!! I make it a rule not to keep it to myself because authentic witnesses of faith change lives and coupling that sharing with an invitation to come and see widens the WAY to the Way, Truth and Life.
How are you working in the world to widen the way to Christ?