“Do not give what is holy to dogs; and do not throw your pearls before swine, 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. For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Today Jesus speaks of the “narrow gate” that “leads to life.” Elsewhere in the Gospels, he reveals to us the meaning of this passage, proclaiming, “I am the Gate; whoever enters through me will be saved” (John 10:9). Jesus is the narrow gate that brings salvation, and the narrowness of this way is the scandal of human history. One person–at one time and in one place–is the source of life for the whole world. The entire universe passes through the funnel of Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection, the realities without which there would be no hope for eternity.
This truth points to the beauty and simplicity of the First Principle and Foundation of St. Ignatius. Our purpose in life is to “praise, reverence, and serve” one person, Jesus. I contemplate my amazement at the Christ who is Alpha and Omega of all things. I let this contemplation give a sweet flavor to my day.
Jesus, I praise you! You are more valuable to me than a precious pearl. Grant me the grace to see as you see. To you, everything I do is holy. May my day become a fragrant offering to you!
—David Inczauskis, SJ
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