The Narrow Gate…and more

Today’s Gospel reading from the Daily Office is
Matthew 7:13-21:

The Narrow Gate

‘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.

A Tree and Its Fruit

‘Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will know them by their fruits.

Concerning Self-Deception

‘Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord”, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only one who does the will of my Father in heaven.

(NRSV, Oremus Bible Browser)

Lots to chew on today–

  • I don’t know about you, but the wide and easy road is generally my preference.  Are you ready to risk the narrow way?
  • “You will know them by their fruits.” What kind of fruit are you bearing?
  • Actions matter to Jesus–whose will are you doing?
Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s commentary on the Sermon on the Mount is known as The Cost of Discipleship.  One of the things he was clear about in the book, the Sermon on the Mount will never be lived alone.  It can’t be done without the support and accountability of community.  Most importantly, it will never be lived by our own efforts–only through companionship with and the grace of Christ.

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