Have you ever had the stressful experience of rushing to catch a connecting flight ?
A few years ago, a friend and I were on a flight from Venice to Rome that was greatly behind schedule. When we finally arrived in Rome , we had only about 20 minutes to catch a connecting flight to Toronto. We ‘assertively’ manoeuvred through the chaotic throngs of people at the airport , and got our boarding passes. We needed to get to ‘Gate H’, and quickly !
We worked as a team , concentrating on our urgent need to find that gate ! Our focus was intense, we refused to be distracted, and we arrived at ‘Gate H’ just in time for take-off to Toronto.
Later, we chuckled about the urgency we felt. For us, ‘Gate H’ , was symbolic of the entrance to heaven. As Christians, we need to stay intensely focused on reaching the narrow gate that leads to eternal life. Jesus describes it carefully in Matthew 7:13, saying that the gate is narrow, and few find it. We will not arrive there safely if we allow the noise and nonsense of the world to distract and discourage us.
Let us stay focused on God, and helping our neighbour. The journey to our eternal home is not at all a commitment of one hour per Sunday, as our ‘obligation’, to God, but rather it is an adventure of much joy and peace, and a full-time commitment of staying obedient to the Lord, and trusting Him, as we journey towards eternity. God expects us to encourage and strengthen our brothers and sisters along the way.
In the words of St. Catherine of Siena, whose home we visited in Italy : ‘All the way to heaven is heaven. ‘