21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
We respect and expect hard work and dedication in so many areas of life; why should the spiritual life be any different? Jesus says to us today, "Strive to enter through the narrow gate." Are we striving? Are we even trying? Our relationship with Jesus Christ and our spiritual life require time, effort, hard work and dedication - just like anything else we value in life. The gate is narrow because it's in the shape of Jesus. If you look in the mirror each morning and ask, "Do I look like Jesus? How can I look more like Him today?" If you look in the mirror each night and ask, "How was I like Jesus today? Where can I do better tomorrow?" Then you will find yourself becoming more and more Jesus-shaped every day, and when you get to that gate you'll be just the right size!