Philippians 3:12-21 and Matthew 7:14
There are paths, roads and highways that lead to our desired destinations. Within seconds we can get detailed instructions to get us there. We can even decide if we want the shortest or the fastest route. Traveling east on Montaño may be the shortest route but not weekday mornings at 7:30. Sometimes, that long, slow drive all the way up Rio Grande to Corrales is just the drive we need.
Today we contemplate a different path. It has a small gate, a narrow road, and it leads to eternal life. It’s not always perfect, with bumps and potholes along the way, but the narrow road can be so much more fulfilling. We can slow down and soak up the beauty of God’s wonder and creation. We can even visit roadside attractions, pick up a few souvenirs and get to know our sisters and brothers who are traveling with us.
During this season of Lent, if you haven’t done it yet, begin to travel the narrow road and by the way, it doesn’t start until you open the small gate and walk in. If you take an off ramp, come back to the narrow road as soon as you can.