Passing Through the Narrow Gate - from Richard Rohr
Passing through the Narrow Gate
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
My friend and fellow teacher in the Living School, James Finley, describes the gate to life that is within us as follows:
“Jesus said, ‘Narrow is the gate that leads to life and few there are who enter it’ (Matthew 7:14). What a great metaphor for the spiritual journey! We can think of the path along which we are awakened to oneness as a process of passing through a narrow gate into this realization. It is only narrow, I think, because it is so simple and does not demand our attention! There is in the depths of every moment a gate that grants access to the depths of God. And it is through this same simple gate that God accesses the depths of us.
“We understand life as God and ourselves taking turns passing through this gate into each other until there is one common Being. With each passage through the gate, union deepens, until we are fully at home on the other side of the gate.”
Finally, we realize that all of our faults and ego possessions are just heavy and burdensome luggage that keep us from walking through this always-open gate—or even seeing it in the first place.