And as well as this, the Spirit too comes to help us in our weakness, for, when we do not know how to pray properly, then the Spirit personally makes our petitions for us in groans that cannot be put into words; and he who can see into all hearts knows what the Spirit means because the prayers that the Spirit makes for God’s holy people are always in accordance with the mind of God.
We are well aware that God works with those who love him, those who have been called in accordance with his purpose, and turns everything to their good. He decided before hand who were the ones destined to be moulded to the pattern of his Son, so that he should be the eldest of many brothers; it was those so destined that he called; those that he called, he justified, and those that he has justified he has brought into glory.
Through towns and villages he went teaching, making his way to Jerusalem. Someone said to him, ‘Sir, will there be only a few saved?’ He said to them, ‘Try your hardest to enter by the narrow door, because, I tell you, many will try to enter and will not succeed.
‘Once the master of the house has got up and locked the door, you may find yourself standing outside knocking on the door, saying, “Lord, open to us,” but he will answer, “I do not know where you come from.” Then you will start saying, “We once ate and drank in your company; you taught in our streets,” but he will reply, “I do not know where you come from; away from me, all evil doers!”
‘Then there will be weeping and grinding of teeth, when you see Abraham and Issac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrown out. And people from east and west, from north and south, will come and sit down at the feast in the kingdom of God.
‘Look, there are those now last who will be first, and those now first who will be last.’
To go through a narrow doorway, one has to make more effort than when going through a wide doorway. You might have to stoop, move sideways, or even reduce your size to go through such a doorway. In any case, a conscious effort is needed.
Our journey towards heaven is similar. God has sent us the Holy Spirit to help us pray and has blessed us so that we can serve the purpose He has called us to. However, we still have to make the choice to want to work towards our salvation.
Are you facing any challenge in living a Christ-centred life today? Will you make the choice to go through its doorway, or will you ignore it? Christ is at the other side, waiting to welcome you, and beside you to encourage and watch over you. Maybe we are lazy or too proud to stoop. Maybe we are carrying too much with us to go through the doorway. Let us consider the obstacles we face in overcoming these challenges and ask the Holy Spirit to assist us in removing the obstacles.
(Today’s OXYGEN by Regina Xie)
Holy Spirit, You are our Paraclete. Help us in praying and removing the obstacles in having a closer relationship with God.
Give thanks to the Lord for: chances to grow and to serve Him.
Thu, 01 Nov – Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12a; Solemnity of All Saints
Fri, 02 Nov – Daniel 12:1-3; Romans 6:3-9; John 6:37-40; All Souls
Sat, 03 Nov – Romans 11:1-2a, 11-12, 25-29; Luke 14:1, 7-11; Memorial for St. Martin de Porres, religious
Sun, 04 Nov – Wisdom 11:22 – 12:2; 2 Thessalonians 1:11 – 2:2; Luke 19:1-10; Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Disclaimer: The reflections expressed in this e-mail are the writer’s own. They may not necessarily reflect the teachings of the Catholic Church. Nonetheless we should all be able to learn something from it.