Jesus does not sugarcoat the demands of God’s Kingdom. Those who wish to enter it should be grafted into his very person: “I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing” (Jn 15:5).
It is not enough to wish or pray for a holy life. One must decide to live the life of Jesus, not in one inspired momentous occasion but all through one’s life. To be grafted into Jesus entails periodic pruning, cutting away unnecessary foliage that saps away nutrients that should flow through the vine. The vine of Jesus is meant to bear fruit that will endure.
Gospel • Mt 7:6, 12-14
Jesus said to his disciples: “Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces.
“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the Law and the Prophets.
“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few.”
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