Thought of the day
Sunday, February 26, 2017

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saint Clare (1193-1252), Franciscan nun 1st Letter to Agnes of Prague, 25-29 (trans. ┬ęThe Province of St Mary of the Capuchin Order, 2006) "Choosing to enter through the narrow gate"

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Commentary of the day 

Saint Clare (1193-1252), Franciscan nun 1st Letter to Agnes of Prague, 25-29 (trans. ┬ęThe Province of St Mary of the Capuchin Order, 2006)

            "Choosing to enter through the narrow gate"

      I firmly believe that you know the kingdom of heaven is promised and given by the Lord only to the poor (cf. Mt 5:3), because she who loves what is temporal loses the fruit of love. 

      It is not possible to serve God and mammon, for either the one is loved and the other hated, or the one is served and the other despised; one clothed cannot fight another naked because she who has something to be caught hold of is more quickly thrown to the ground: someone who lives in the glory of earth cannot rule with Christ; it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven (cf. Mt 19:24). 

      Therefore you have cast aside your garments, that is, earthly riches, so that instead of being overcome by the one fighting against you, you will be able to enter the kingdom of heaven through the straight path and the narrow gate (cf. Mt 7:13-14).