In the Roman liturgy/Scripture, we are told to “Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.” Doesn’t it seem logical and fair that if we are to GO INTO THE WHOLE WORLD, that the “Whole world” can then come to us — to hear good news?
When the Gospel [Luke 13:22-30] tells us that “people will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the kingdom of God”, we might wonder about which of us can decide who is good and who is the evildoer?
I do not know how we will decide the issue of immigration and who is “safe” and who is “unsafe” — and who is worthy and who is not worthy — I DO KNOW …. that Jesus is telling us that just because we go to church and just because we say our prayers and just because who contribute to the Diocesan Capital Campaign — that is not enough to determine whether or not we are in the company of the Lord.
The Prophet Isaiah [Is. 66:18-21] tells us that the Lord has “come to gather nations of every language; they shall come and see my glory.”
I do know that in 1900 there were a group of Mancuso’s, Trupiano’s, Stallone’s, and Benedetines, who came to the USA from Sicily and from the region around Bologna, Italy. From these people, I am now a Catholic in America. I have no clue where Tarshish, Put, Lud, Mosoch, Tubal, and Javan are —- but to these people who had not seen the glory of the Lord, we were sent.
TODAY — I am sent to show the glory of the Lord to others. Today, we are called to show the GLORY of the LORD TO OTHERS.
God’s glory is the possibility of a new life and a new home to those who are ravaged by the floods in southern Louisiana.
God’s glory is the assurance that war will come to an end in Syria.
God’s glory is that our nation will be ok regardless of who will be PRESIDENT in 2017.
God’s glory is that the child who feels a victim because of his parents’ divorce — can survive and be a stronger man/woman.
The “NARROW GATE” is not necessarily strict, adherence to the LAW. The “NARROW GATE” is not necessarily a denial of pleasure. The “NARROW GATE” is not necessarily the fear of the world. The “NARROW GATE” is not necessarily seeing everything in life as a battle of “us against them.”
Just maybe —- just maybe, the NARROW GATE IS holding on to hope in every situation that arises. The NARROW GATE IS actually sharing of what we have with those who do not have. The NARROW GATE is placing ourselves in the shoes of the other. The NARROW GATE is refusing to judge. The NARROW GATE is refusing to believe that there are simple/simplistic answers to the problems of the world.
Just maybe, the NARROW GATE is refusing to think that we can create a world for ourselves —- and that the rest of the folks will hopefully find a safer, better world for themselves.
Becoming to safe and secure [first] may mean that we will end up rather uncomfortable and in need [last].
We win “converts” by living love and offering service. We “tell the good news” when we assist someone to see that God is good — because we are good.