Reading 1: Genesis 13:2, 5-18
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 15:2-3a, 3b-4b, 5
Gospel: Matthew 7:6, 12-14
In this part of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gives us three pieces of advice.
The first is not to give dogs what is holy or thow our pearls in front of pigs. In other words don't tell people who don't appreciate the struggles of the Christian life about your spirituality or prayer life otherwise they could use it to hurt you. If you tell someone who does not take Christ seriously that you are trying to follow him and then you fall, the other person shall very often use your falling as proof that the Chrisrtian life is not worthy and that you are a hypocrite. This is hurtful
The second is a summary of all that the Old testament teaches, "treat others as you would like them to treat you."
The third,"enter by the narrow gate...." is Jesus telling us that the Christian life is not so much hard but a constant effort of forgiveness and struggle with the sinful side of ourselves. This narrowing of the gate comes about as we grow more serious about Jesus. As we mature as Christians Jesus asks us more and more to bear witness by our lives and by the choices we make. The Fathers see in this narrowing of the gate a symbolic reflection of the fact that in the end there is only room for two people...Jesus and the individual. What they mean is that early on in life we can be obedient to many but as we grow we become focused only on what Jesus wants us to do.