And he went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem. Then one said to him, “Lord, are there few who are saved?” And he said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and he will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’ “ (Luke 13:22-25)
Holy Spirit, help all who live in the hope of eternal life with Jesus recognize that there is a narrow gate, and that we must shed whatever is necessary to get through that gate. Help us know that we must conform to the gate rather than the gate conforming to us.
Jesus, on that final day of judgment, we pray that we will come before you and be known to you and not be strangers to you and your ways.
Father, in your word in Scripture you have laid out a narrow path and anointed your son Jesus as the gate we must pass through. Help us daily to be steady on that path. Thank you for sending Jesus so that we can enter your kingdom.
A word received: Place your hands in my hand and I will hold you up.
Sunday: 24, 29; *; 8, 84; Jer. 1:1-10; 1 Cor. 3:11-23; Mark 3:31-4:9
HC: 27 or 27:10-18; Genesis 15:1-12,17-18; Philippians 3:17-4:1; Luke 13:(22-30)31-35
Monday: 56, 57, ; *; 64, 65; Jer. 1:11-19; Rom. 1:1-15; John 4:27-42
Notes from the Front Line
***** From: Nigel Mumford
Sent: Sunday, February 24, 2013
Behold, Jesus is not a mamby pamby Jesus. He is a man who speaks the truth in love, with callused hands of a Carpenter. He has so much to offer…Take it. Then, You shall not perish, but will have eternal life. ~ Fr. Nigel Mumford+