COOPERATE WITH GOD’S GRACE TO BE SAVED

Try your best to enter the narrow door, because I tell you, many will try to enter and will not succeed.

Try your best to enter the narrow door, because I tell you, many will try to enter and will not succeed.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus clearly explains that anyone who follows him through the narrow gate of sacrificial service and sharing love will be saved. Jesus also admonishes his followers to concentrate on their own salvation by self-discipline rather than to worry about the salvation of others.

Salvation is a past, present and future event. We were saved when we were baptized as children or adults. We are being saved at present, when we cooperate with God’s grace by loving others as Jesus did — by sharing our blessings with the needy and by getting reconciled with God daily, asking His forgiveness for our sins. We will be eternally saved when we hear the loving invitation from Jesus, the Judge, at the moment of our death and on the day of the Last Judgment, saying: “Good and faithful servant, you were faithful in little things, enter into the joy of your Master.”

Excerpted from the homily of Fr Tony Kadavil available at http://frtonyshomilies.com