Beware the long, wide Road

Matthew 7:6,12-14
2 Kgs 19:9b-21,31-36/ Ps 48

Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction . . . .
(Matthew 7:13)

Grant us the wisdom Lord to see
The dangers that may lie ahead;
Let caution be our priority,
And prudence put us in good stead.

“Do not give what is holy to the dogs, or throw your pearls before pigs, or they will trample them under foot and turn and maul you…. In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets. Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. But the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and few there are who find it.” (Matthew 7:6,12-14)

Reflection

In all our missions for the Lord, we think nothing of travelling great distances. One of those trips was to Gen. Santos City, a little over two hour’s drive from Davao. We usually started out before the break of dawn to get there in time for their breakfast meeting. Aware of the many dangers of driving long distances, it has become “S.O.P.” for us to pray the rosary for protection as we set out on those trips.

There was one particular incident when I can claim the power of prayer for God’s protection really applied. After two hours of negotiating 140 kilometers of winding roads from Davao, you will know Gen. Santos is near when you reach a long, straight stretch of highway, about ten kilometers. The natural tendency is to step on the gas, the soonest to get a much-needed stretch and a cup of hot brewed coffee.

Overtaking a passenger bus in front of us, just going a little over sixty, we saw no other vehicle beyond. But just as we were about to pass the bus, we spotted a fully loaded motor tricycle in front of it. Without warning, it made a u-turn to our lane! The tricycle driver hadn’t bothered to check if there was a vehicle in the other lane behind him. I stood on the brake as I pulled the wheel to the right, anticipating a hit at my rear end by the bus, or slamming into the tricycle which appeared to be already under the hood. Or both! But neither happened! The only sound we could hear were tires screeching. We could only thank God for His timely protection!

It is when the road ahead seems straight and clear of obstacles that we should be more wary and alert. When things in life are going smooth and easy, it is when we must not let our guard down or risk becoming vulnerable to sudden surprises. As our Lord said, “Be vigilant!” (Matthew 25:13).

Guide me, Lord in the rocky paths, but let me not become complacent when the roads are smooth and wide.

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