“He was born on third base and thought he had hit a triple.”
Since the World Series is going on, I couldn’t help but think of this saying while reading today’s Gospel. Jesus warns about confusing where we start out in life and what it takes to make it into Heaven. In addition, he uses the image of the narrow gate and the need for strength to make it through.
All of this discussion comes as the result of someone asking, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?” Jesus offers a thought provoking response, one that tells us that no one is counted out, no matter where you started or where you are today. Jesus is telling us that we must focus on our journey of faith which we embark on each day because the margin of error is small and the stakes are great.
Today is a great day to have a discussion with your family and friends about what it means to follow Jesus through the narrow gate and how prayer is capable of bringing us there. May God bless you and your families on this holy day.
Reverend David S. Marcham is the Vice Postulator for the Cause of Venerable Patrick Peyton, and Director of the Father Peyton Guild, whose members pray for Father Peyton’s beatification and spread his message of the importance of Family Prayer. Prior to becoming a seminarian, Father David was a physical therapist and clinical instructor, serving hospital inpatients and outpatients throughout the greater Boston area for eleven years. In 1998 he heard the call to priesthood and was ordained in the Archdiocese of Boston in 2005. Father David grew up in Quincy, MA, and has fond memories of playing soccer, tennis and running track. You’re never without a friend when Father David is around, as he welcomes everyone into his circle with a smile on his face!