When we were on vacation, there was a little stand that served a traditional fried bread that was absolutely delicious. I was reminded of it as I read the saying about the narrow gate: “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few.” (Matt 7:13-14 NAB) To get to this stand, you had to enter in this narrow alleyway, go up several very narrow steps, and finally the way opened to a courtyard, and this little stand was there. We never would have found it on our own, and it was the best in town, based on our attempts to get it elsewhere. There was a sign, but it just blended in with all the others on the street for vendors selling their wares.
I wonder if that has something to do with what Jesus means. We can find the path, but it’s not one that we just stumble upon. We have to be looking, and sometimes we need someone to point out the entrance.