Striving to Enter the Narrow Door [ Luke 13: 22-35]
Recently, I happened to come across Jesus’ preaching on Heaven; He explains who will be possessing Heaven on the Last Judgement, and what are the qualifications for entering heaven. On the above mentioned phrase, it is clear, who are the virtuous that reach heaven.
On his way to Jerusalem, someone asked him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?” Jesus replied, “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to”. If so, who will be saved? First, I assessed myself, it seemed, I am leading a virtuous life, helping others, by arms giving and consoling. Wish the good of others, not at all jealous on other’s well-being. Doing the duties without complaints, etc, it is like the normal life of many. But, is it enough for the Heaven? Is this the narrow door, that Jesus had mentioned?
In the eyes of our fellow beings, we may be genuine, judicious, and virtuous. We may be like the people, “who are trying to enter but will not be able to”, because, that is not entering through the narrow door. We may be searching for more wide one, for it is very difficult to enter through the narrow door which Jesus had mentioned.
For entering through the narrow door, we have to renounce the comforts, wealth and luxuries that we are enjoying. Like, St. Francis of Assisi, we should go for serving the community, our fellow citizens who suffer because of poverty, ill-health and ill-literacy. We should wipe the tears of those, who carve for love, affection, support, comfort and solace. We should open our eyes to see the sufferings of the poor and the down trodden, we should open our ears to hear the sorrows of our brothers and we should stretch out our hands to serve the sick, old and the unwanted. If so, we will be thin enough to enter through a narrow door on the Last Judgement.