To move a step further, the narrow door episode is addressed primarily to those who claim that the doors of the kingdom were entrusted to them so that they spend their lives focusing on other people’s sins, pointing finger in just about anything, sorta religious freak. I find it really interesting to see the word ‘strive’ in the parish Mission/Vision Statement because that’s exactly what we need to do. To face the challenge, wrestle with it and put our lives in God’s hands, is the name of the game. Much to our surprise, those we normally expect would be ahead in line with us possibly may end up at the bottom of it all, behind everyone else. “For behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last” (Luke 13:30).
Even at 33 years of age (on vacation, supposedly, fun), there is a 12 midnight curfew as long as I’m staying in my parents house. I thought my Mother was joking but she was damned serious. There was a time when all the doors were locked and my best chance of getting in was to climb a 6 feet wall fence and tip toe. I did for the heck of it but I swore I’d never attempt to do it again. It didn’t take me much time to figure it out. In the morning, she apologized. She thought I was on the other room. My uncontrollable 7 year old nephew asked, how did you get in, Uncle? Secret, I replied. I want to be like you, he added.
For the time being, it’s important to refrain from passing judgment on our fellows, open the doors to all people even if with differences of opinion and orientation, put Catholics back in the pew, try hard, strive to go through it and leave the rest to God. It’s his kingdom, anyway. Amen.