Sunday, August 26, 2007

Passing Through the Narrow Gate

In lieu of a Sunday word, Pope Benedict's midday-Angelus reflection considers the image of Jesus in today's gospel: the narrow gate. It is narrow because "it is demanding, it requires commitment, self-denial and mortification of one's own egoism."

The image is not at all out of date. "When we consider it, in effect, the way of reasoning of Jesus' interlocutors is always with us: the temptation to think of religious practice as a source of privileges and certainties is always waiting in ambush for us." Benedict's reflection is worth considering for the entire week. One may also use the Spiritual Exercise for the Week. . . at this blog's sister-site along with it.

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