Local Homilies

Romans 8:26-30; Psalm 13:4-5,6; Luke 13:22-30
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate, and broad is the way, which leads to perdition, and many there are who enter through it,” (c.f. Matthew 7:13).
▪”Many will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.” To be able to enter the narrow gate, we must work hard. Some will attempt to enter, but may not be able to do so. We must also reduce some excess luggage that may hinder our ability to enter through the narrow gate. The narrow gate is meant for everyone, but not everyone will enter through it.
1~ The choice to enter through the narrow gate is before all of us. It was because of this narrow gate that Christ our Lord emptied Himself taking the form of a servant, (c.f. Philippians 2:7) rejecting the attempt to make Him a worldly king, (c.f. John 6:15). He rejected the idea of turning stone into bread, (c.f. Matthew 4:3-4).
2~ In imitation of His life, He has called us to strive to enter through the narrow gate. The path to Calvary is a narrow path, and only a few embark on the journey. Only a few will be willing to go through suffering to achieve their goals. In a time when everything is on a fast lane, only few are patient to take the narrow gate.
3~ Do not be carried away by the seeming success of those who avoid the right path, because every wrong path will lead to a wrong destination. This is why those who are first will sometimes end as the last; those who started last, sometimes end up the first. The difference is in the gate through which each chose.
▪Dear friend, whoever does not go through the narrow gate will eventually hear this from the Lord,  “I do not know where you are from.” Even if we saw Him in our streets, listened to Him, touched Him, even ate His body, if we do not strive to go through the narrow gate, we will not be admitted into the banquet.
May God bless us with the grace never to give up the right path
Remain blessed
Fr Joseph Chukwugozie Ikegbunam