To gain eternal life is to participate to the fullest degree possible in the very life of God. It is to walk the path of love, surrendering to grace and allowing this grace to flow through you to the wider world. Is this an easy task? No. The Gospel of Luke tells reminds us that the gate is narrow precisely because it is in the very shape of Jesus Himself, and entrance through the gate involves conformity to his state of being. The path of love is traveled by taking up one’s cross every day.
Source: The Narrow Gate | Word on Fire
God cannot be analyzed scientifically the way one would study the things of the world, but God can be approached through religious reasoning, or Faith. Faith is often criticized as unintelligent tomfoolery. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The Catholic tradition reveals that Faith is a rational reaction to God in the religious person. It is the reasoning of the religious mind.
The readings for this weekend have a tremendous cohesiveness. They all speak to a truth about our world that is hard to take in, that has to be repeated to each generation afresh, a truth that many older people have an easier time understanding than young people: nothing in this world lasts.
In today’s first reading from 2 Samuel we learn about God’s dealings with David, the Israelite king who put himself on a path of sin that culminated in adultery and murder. David is forgiven but also cleansed, purified, and brought back to obedience to God precisely through the suffering unleashed by this double-sin. From David we learn how God’s grace is always available, but it is never cheap.
Source: The Wages of Sin | Word on Fire
It’s sometimes easier for us to understand the Eucharist as “sacred meal” rather than “sacrifice.” Few of us are as familiar as the early Jews with the idea of sacrifice. But Christianity calls us to routinely sacrifice, to take some aspect of creation and return it to God as a sign of our thanksgiving, communion, or atonement. It’s only through this lens of sacrifice that we can begin to understand what Jesus is doing the night before his death. He institutes the Eucharist to become a re-presentation of his great sacrifice on the Cross, his body offered and his blood outpoured, by which we are reconciled with God. That’s what this Feast of Corpus Christi is finally about.
Source: Jesus’ Sacrifice | Word on Fire