In our Gospel this weekend we hear some clear advice from Jesus – that we should strive to enter into his kingdom by ‘the narrow door.’ It’s interesting to note that as we reflect back on the Commonwealth Games that ‘Strive’ comes from a Greek word used of athletic contests and of war. Obviously, it implies a great deal of effort. Simply put you don’t win wars or athletic contests by being passive. I doubt that we will hear from an athlete receiving the gold medal, who says, “I had never worked out or run in a race until a few weeks ago. I thought it would be fun, so here I am.” Every athlete who wins strives to win. They invest great energy and effort into winning. It is not an accident if they win. It is the result of deliberate and sustained effort. Not everyone receives the prize. Only a few are winners.
The fact that Jesus tells us that the door is narrow implies that it takes some deliberate thought and effort to go through it. There is one and only one door, which is Jesus Christ. Jesus alone is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Him. The entrance is narrow….
Jesus isn’t talking about salvation via human effort. But we are asked to actively receive this gift, freely offered to us. Those who are only mildly interested about salvation will struggle to obtain it.