MANY WILL TRY TO ENTER AND WILL NOT SUCCEED
Today’s readings rejoice in the call of all nations, north, south, east and west, to salvation. But there is a warning added: even God’s offer is not sufficient without our effort. Try your best to enter by the narrow door. People used to be so fearful of losing their salvation because of the strictness of the way that their despairing question was: ‘Will there be only a few saved?’ From despair we have swung to the other extreme… presumption. The presumption of today asks, ‘Won’t everybody be saved?’ Survey shows that while most people believe in God, few believe there is hell. God desires all to receive his mercy and be saved but people go their own way and freely choose darkness rather than the light. Hell is freely chosen and self-inflicted. Many will try to enter and will not succeed.
The door is narrow. So are the goalposts, the golf hole, the archer’s target. The old Greek word for sin meant missing the target. The accurate free-taker must focus vision and eliminate distractions. In the pursuit of being liberal and broadminded many are missing the target. It is significant that this broadminded age is when we are hearing of boredom, inertia and depression. It has much to do with the absence of commitment to a clear purpose. (Cf. Silvester O’Flynn, Sunday Seeds)
Wishing all Parishioners & Friends Happy and Blessed Sunday! – Fr Francis, MSP