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October30, 2019

Fr. Justin Sheehan, OCSO

30thy Wednesday in Ordinary Time

What if someone here were to ask Jesus, Lord, will only a few people be saved? I think he would reply, “Whether few or many is none of your business. Put your mind on your life with God. The way to life – to God! – is vigorous and requires your total attention”.

The desert Fathers have a story about what it means to put your mind on your own life with God. One time they held a meeting about a brother who had sinned. The Fathers spoke, but Abba Pior kept silence. Later, he got up and went out; he took a sack, filled it with sand and carried it on his shoulder. He put a little sand also into a small bag which he carried in front of him.

When the Fathers asked him what this meant, he said, “In this sack which contains much sand, are my sins which are many; I have put them behind me so as not to be troubled about them and so as not to weep; and see, here are the little sins of my brother which are in front of me, and I spend my time judging them. This is not right. I ought rather to carry my sins in front of me and concern myself with them, begging God to forgive me for them”.

The Fathers stood up and said, “Truly, this is the way of salvation”.

Try your best to enter by this narrow way.