Thứ Ba, 25 tháng 6, 2013

Daily reflection _ take the risk to do good

TAKE THE RISK TO DO GOOD
We are called to "Enter through the narrow gate" (Mt 7:13). So where is this narrow gate Jesus refers to - the one that leads to life? And how do we find it?  
Deacon John Ruscheinsky
"Do to others whatever you would have them do to you" (Mt 7:12). Jesus' words are open-ended and challenging. He calls us to reach out and do good to all. It's a life of taking up the invitation that we hear in today's Psalm, "He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord" (Ps 15:1b). In Jesus Christ's Sermon on the Mount, He gives examples of taking the risk to do good: "Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you" (Mt 5:44). Even when our Lord's calling is difficult it challenges us to take risks in His Name!
We are called to "Enter through the narrow gate" (Mt 7:13). So where is this narrow gate Jesus refers to - the one that leads to life? And how do we find it? Look at our Christian traditions, which give us clues to following the path: service, integrity, generosity, tolerance, forgiveness, humility, and the list goes on. Although God's calling can be difficult at times, requiring us to take risks in His Name, may we pray for the strength and courage to "do to others whatever you would have them do to you."
What traditions do you follow in your search for the "narrow gate?"

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