WELCOME TO GOD’S HOLY, CATHOLIC AND APOSTOLIC CHURCH!
*** Reflection ***
As we gather for today’s celebration, we recall that through our Baptism God has invited us to the eternal kingdom. While the question that we hear in today’s Gospel is about how many will be saved, for us the better question should be, “Will I be saved?” Let us pray today through this celebration that we might receive the grace and the will to do what God requires of us in this life.
Not Everything Counts
(Entering by the narrow door)
Jesus goes walking toward Jerusalem. His journey isn’t that of a pilgrim who goes up to the Temple to fulfil his religious obligations. According to Luke, Jesus goes around the cities and villages «teaching». There’s something he needs to communicate to those people: God is a good Father who offers salvation to everyone. All are invited to receive God’s forgiveness.
His message surprises everyone. Sinners are filled with joy to hear him speak of God’s unfathomable goodness: even they can hope for salvation. In the Pharisee camp, however, they criticize his message and also his welcoming of tax-collectors, prostitutes and sinners: isn’t Jesus opening up a road to the watering-down of religion and to unacceptable morals?
According to Luke, someone from the crowd interrupts Jesus, to ask him about how many people will be saved, in the end. Will they be few? many? everyone? only the just? Jesus doesn’t answer his question directly. What’s important isn’t knowing exactly how many will be saved. What’s decisive is living with a clear and responsible attitude in order to welcome salvation from that Good God. Jesus reminds them all: «Try your hardest to enter by the narrow door». READ MORE
A Message from Fr. Renier Siva
The Mystical Union of Christ and the Church