ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Broadening the Narrow Gate

Updated on June 22, 2021

Don’t shine so that others can see you, shine so that through you, others can see Him.” ~ CS Lewis

Today’s Gospel passage (Luke 13:22-30) carries with it not only a sobering reality check, but in it are uttered arguably the most haunting words in Scripture, of course I refer to Jesus’ response to those knocking at heaven’s door seeking entry:

“Go away, I do not know you.

Prior to that, when asked if only a few people will be saved, Jesus opts to forgo the answer to that question, instead urging them - commanding them actually - to “strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.”

This message, as stated earlier a very sobering one, certainly flies in the face of many of today’s mega-preachers and their saccharine, feel-good message of universal salvation for all and justification by merely faith alone. Jesus’ response indicates that, contrary to popular belief, salvation will be, at the very least, difficult.

The discipline which the author of Hebrews speaks of in today’s 2nd Reading (Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13) would most certainly seem to be a prerequisite in the pursuit of the narrow gate. Discipline in pursuit of a deep and profound prayer life. Discipline in setting aside time for acts of charity and mercy. Discipline in forgiving 70 x 7. Discipline in getting to that confessional box often so that our souls can be cleansed and sanctified, the heavy burden of sin removed.

The Catholic Church is in the business of saving souls. That’s it. She has no desire to spin-off, merge or diversify into other potentially more lucrative market segments. Cost margin analysis and PowerPoint Presentations have yet to make their way into the celebration of the Mass. When the Priest and congregation pray in unison ”May the Lord accept this sacrifice at your hands. For the praise and glory of his name. For our good and the good of all his holy church” we are reminded why we celebrate the Mass; so that God may be glorified and that the world may be saved. Habitual celebration of the Mass and receipt of the Eucharist will most definitely widen the narrow gates of our soul, made so through sin and spiritual malnourishment.

Perhaps the question for each of us to ponder is, what are we doing to unite God’s Heavenly Kingdom to his Kingdom here on Earth? Are we engaged in acts of charity? Do we bring the joy of the Gospel to the workplace? Do we seek forgiveness while remaining swift to forgive? These are but a few of the questions to reflect upon, and once again, these virtues and the attainment of them require discipline.

“Strengthen your drooping hands and your weak knees. Make straight paths for your feet” (Hebrews 12:11), the paths that will deliver is safely to and through the narrow gate.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)