Today someone asks Jesus if only a few will be saved. His answer may seem strange, because He says, that we should strive to enter through the narrow door. As if He wanted to tell us: “Do not worry about the numbers, I have a place for everyone – not everyone, however, will be able to pass”. What should we do to make it? One thing of which we need to think is being too fat to pass with all our material, spiritual and intellectual possessions. The second thing we need is flexibility. Children are naturally flexible, so they run through the gate without a problem, but we have to take up regular training to keep fit. Just as Olympic athletes have to practice for years, deny themselves, take care of their diet and spend many hours in training, also in spiritual life we cannot do without all this.
The flexibility we want to achieve is perfect love. Jesus says that the Kingdom is not a place for evildoers, that is, those who can not love everyone. It is not enough that we love the ones close to us, or worse, only ourselves. If we want to be flexible, we have to love everyone, even our enemies. This of course is not easy, it requires training, and the training course is best, when we learn from the Master, our God, who is Love Himself. That is why time for prayer is so important. It is not about spending hours on saying some known words, so God can count them, but about the spiritual training which needs to bear spiritual fruits in the form of greater love.
This morning I heard a song at the Eucharist, which says: “we will spend time on Adoration, wasting time in the eyes of the world.” This loss of time brings profit which is invisible, but essential, because all earthly things will pass, and the fruits of our spiritual training will last forever. We should also train with other people, especially in this year of mercy. It will be most fruitful to exercise with those, with whom we have a hard relationship, because they will give us the biggest challenges. We should also support each other in training and look for new forms of exercise to develop in different ways. After all, this is what community if for – to run with us in the peloton.
May our daily spiritual practice bring us flexibility. Then, not only will we run happily through the narrow door, but also help those who will have trouble with it.