Tuesday, June 26, 2018
In the gospel story, Jesus tells us to enter through the narrow gate.
He is asking us to picture a typical walled town of his days. The main gate was furnished with benches for the town elders. When they heard about diseases or robbers loose nearby, they would tightly shut the main gate.
In addition, each town had a narrow gate hidden by bushes or branches on the opposite side of town. That narrow gate was guarded by its own gatekeeper. He opened the doors only for those they knew, bolting it for strangers.
When Jesus speaks of entering through the narrow gate, he means that we come to know God through difficulty and hardship, putting up with tough times.