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The Narrow Way

June 21, Tuesday, 12th Week in Ordinary Time
St. Aloysius Gonzaga, religious
2Kings 19:9-11,14-21,31-35,36, Gospel: Matthew 7:6,12-14

We must learn to give and receive while lowering our expectations of others.

The Lord Jesus offers us three fundamental teachings through the gospel reading today. First, the Eucharist, the source of our lives, has reminded us to value the dignity of holy things.

Second, it invites us to live by the Golden Rule, which is to treat others as you want. Our lives would be so different if the needs of our brothers were a priority and not only ours.

The temptation is to seek the easy and comfortable way, but the path of life is a path of demand. Why? Because this is a path of love.

Many of us would like to be ourselves and don’t want to be disturbed by others, not knowing that we need help from others. Treating others would mean that you would like them to treat you well. Do it first; give, share, and love rather than wait.

The Prophet Hezekiah is passing through a narrow way to fight and save the nation as he faces a crisis. He went up to the house of the Lord and spread it before him. Like a child bringing his broken toy to his father for repair, Hezekiah laid the issues in God’s sight for resolution. He did what any child of God should do: he cast all his care on Him because He cares for you.

As Jesus' disciples, we are accountable to everyone for how we live and the truth we proclaim, but only God is responsible for them. Even he will not stop people from exercising their free will to ignore, flee, or even tear at the truth-teller.

Let us value the greatest gift we have received from God in our lives. We may stumble along the way by failing to respond to heaven's demands, but let us strive to be an instrument of His love.

 

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