Jesus’ Life: Chapter 5 – The Sermon On The Mount
Jesus’ often taught using parables, metaphors and symbolism. It simplified his message and helped the listeners to understand.
We can imagine that as Jesus travelled to different cities, towns and villages, he repeated his stories to many different groups of people; sometimes even changing the story slightly to suit the questions or audience.
St Luke records Jesus’ use of the story, ‘The Narrow Door,’ while He was on his way to Jerusalem; St Matthew’s record of the same story is at Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount to his disciples.
When Jesus was asked by someone in the crowd, “Lord, will only a few be saved?” He answered:
- “Exert every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.
- Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, then you will stand outside and start to knock on the door and beg him, ‘Lord, let us in!’
- He will answer you, I don’t know where you come from… go away from me, evildoers!”
The “Head of the House”, God the Father, has opened the door of heaven to all of us. He invites us to enter.
Check your plans today! (Luke 13:25-27)
“Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe”. (St Augustine)
Almighty Father, thank you for your invite, empower me with your Holy Spirit and use me as an instrument to carry your message to others through my daily actions.
Prayer: Faith (St Benedict)
Gracious and Holy Father,
give us the wisdom to discover You,
the intelligence to understand You,
the diligence to seek after You,
the patience to wait for You,
eyes to behold You,
a heart to meditate upon You,
and a life to proclaim You,
through the power of the Spirit of Jesus, our Lord. Amen.