The Inexorability of the Narrow Gate
Father Matta El-Meskeen (Matthew the Poor)
To believe in Christ's words and deeds is easy, for it only involves believing in our hearts and confessing with our tongues.
But the test of the truth of our faith
is by our deeds and behavior. After faith comes the “narrow gate” and the hard
way, which everyone who has believed in Christ must go through. The narrow gate
is the critical point at which one cross from the wide way, which leads to
destruction, to the hard way, which leads to life. It is where the heart and
conscience are examined in the light of the cross. The worse enemies hidden
within a believer are hatred, feuding, anger, judgment (including judging
others without judging oneself,) defaming others, and trying to remove the
speck out of their eyes while ignoring the log fixed in the pupil of one's own
eye (Matthew 7:3.) Unfortunately, there are those who find these sins
insignificant and are oblivious to them. They are unaware that these sins have
become part of their nature. They practice them shamelessly as if scripture and
the day of judgment did not exist--as if there were no narrow gate in front of
them. Faith to them will be of no use, because those who behave in such a way
have trampled on love, despising and abusing it.
Love is God. It is the testimony to the true faith and its effectiveness.
Christ's teachings will always remain on a higher plane than that which the human race will ever attain to, even by its utmost efforts, in order that humanity may ever remain penitent before God and Christ, and therefore, hold fast to Divine Grace.
20 September 1994
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