Who will be saved? Will I be saved?

by Fr. Reynaldo A. Domagas

TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Who will be saved? Will I be saved?

Salvation is a narrow door that requires an individual, responsible decision.
And many who count on entering the kingdom will find themselves outside looking
in.

An essential part of the decisive commitment required to enter the narrow
door is “the discipline of the Lord”. While we all claim to know Jesus and we are
for the most part faithful church-goers who weekly eat and drink in his company
our membership in a religious group community does not make the way easy. Our
life journey requires self-discipline and strength of character because if we are not
strong it is easy to fall away from following the Lord. And we will have trouble
entering the narrow gate that leads to salvation.

Although according to orthodox Christian doctrine, Christ died for all and
has made salvation open to all, it does not follow that everyone is saved. Each of us
must reach out to grasp what Christ offers. In the Gospel Jesus challenges us with
the harsh reality that not everyone will be admitted to the kingdom of God. And we
are to be the messengers who spread the good news of God’s salvation to all in the
world. We are a necessary part of God’s plan of salvation for all. .

What Jesus indicates in today’s Gospel is that who and how many will be
saved should not be our concern. What need to concern us is that quality of our
personal response and the witness it gives. Salvation is God’s gift to us. It is a gift
that comes with a challenge. We either accept it or turn it down. At stake is our
own personal salvation.

Fr. Reynaldo A. Domagas

*This reflection on the readings for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary
Time appeared in the Sunday Bulletin of Our Lady of Victory Church
(Manhattan, NYC) August 21, 2010

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