“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Luke 13:23-24

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TODAY’S WORD…

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Someone asked Jesus,

“Sir, will there be only a few saved?”

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He answered,

“Try your best to enter by the narrow door,

because, I tell you, many will try to enter and will not succeed…”

– Luke 13:23-24

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REFLECTION…

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Everyone is called to form part of the Kingdom of God,

for the Lord “desires all people to be saved” (1 Tim 2:4).

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Certainly, it is only those who make a serious effort who can reach the goal of salvation

– Our Lord emphasises this by using the simile of the narrow door.

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An inflated ego, excessive pride, short-sighted selfishness,

weaknesses, urges and cravings, justifications…

are any or all of these, and more, bloating and changing me beyond recognition?

Will I ever manage to pass through that door?

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There is no way that we will be able to pass through that ultimate all-important door

unless we recognise and struggle against and shed and repent from our self-indulgence.

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QUOTE…

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“A Christian’s struggle must be unceasing,

for interior life consists in beginning and beginning again.

This prevents us from proudly thinking that we are perfect already.”

– St. Josemaria Escriva

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PRAYER…

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Heavenly Father, open my eyes for me to see

how I have inflated myself beyond the person You want me to be.

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Almighty God,

help me defend myself against self-defeating urges and passions.

Help me discard any self-inflating attitudes,

which can ultimately deprive me

from passing through that glorious door

which leads into Your Loving arms.

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Amen.

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