Two Kinds of Roads

Matthew 7:6, 12-14
Gen.13:2,5-18 / Psa 15

Do not give what is holy to dogs or throw your pearls before swine. . .
(Matthew 7:6)

I pray that I may not be lured
To the broad and spacious highways;
I choose the narrow road assured
It leads me to the life of grace.

[Jesus said,] “Do not give what is holy to dogs or throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot, and then turn and tear you to pieces. . . So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7:6,12-14)

Reflection

Where we end up is always dependent on the choices we make. Ridiculous as it may appear, we sometimes give to others what is inappropriate, and end up wasted, like sharing the Word of God to an avowed atheist, or feeding hungry swine with pearls, or choosing the easy, self-indulgent path that in the end only leads to perdition. Our Lord wants us to make hard but wise decisions for our own benefit in this life and in the life eternal. One does not need the wisdom of King Solomon to know that what you do to others always come back to you as you deserve.

“Small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Why is it that many people today avoid being invited to join a renewal community? The standard answer to our invitation is “I’m not yet ready,” or “I really don’t have the time.” We hope they realize soon enough that no one in this life has the luxury of time. Not many people are as receptive to God’s Word as we would like to believe. Most of those who turn away are addicted to the pleasures and leisures of this world. It is not to everyone that we are called to evangelize, but we are expected to be more discerning with whom we bring the Word of God to. As our Lord tells us, not many will choose the hard road of conversion and the narrow gate of trials, because the lure of the wide and spacious road of temporal pleasures is too strong for many to resist. We know that it is the difficult path that leads to life, and we should only be so grateful to God that we have been called to take it. Hard as His Way might be, it will toughen our sinews and steel our resolve to withstand the temptations of the enemy. But we must not give up inviting a prospect or couple whom we believe Christ has chosen to join our community. Every time I saw a friend, a lay minister in our parish, I kept inviting him and his wife to join us in our breakfast fellowship. My persistence eventually paid off, and soon they were attending our breakfast as often as they could, and eventually took the 9-week BCLP for membership. Seeing this couple now, happily serving the Lord in our brotherhood, I feel glad knowing that the pearls I threw then were not wasted.

As God’s privileged few, let us share the wisdom that the Lord has given us to those who are more deserving. It’s futile to convince those who are deaf to the Good News that we bear and blind to Christ’s light that we wish to share. They have chosen a different path from ours, and sadly, that is their fate. Our other important mission is to strengthen each other in our community, so that those who have already responded to God’s call will not be lured to the wide and spacious boulevards once more.

Guide me Lord to find deserving laborers for Your vineyard: those who walk without blame, who speak truth from their heart, and do what is right. (Psalm 15:2-3) Amen.

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