Someone asked him, "Lord, will only a few be saved?" He said to them, "Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able. When once the owner of the house has got up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, 'Lord, open to us,' then in reply he will say to you, 'I do not know where you come from.' Then you will begin to say, 'We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.' But he will say, 'I do not know where you come from; go away from me, all you evildoers!' There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrown out.
The Narrow Door
"Christian life is a daily struggle,” but we are a people of hope. We trust in God’s mercy. No need to recall the past, No need to think of what has been done before. “I, I am He who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.” Is 43:45 Many have such a poor image of self, they fail to believe that God might accept them into his kingdom.
He came for sinners not those in health! We live in hope that there is room for us in the kingdom. In St John’s Gospel Jesus assures us he goes to prepare a place for us that where he is we may also be. With joy we recall his words to the repentant thief: “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” Lk. 23:43
“Dare We Hope ‘That All Men Will Be Saved’” is the title of a book by Hans Urs Von Balthasar. He asserts: We not only dare to hope all will be saved, we are obliged to hope that all will be saved. James K Baxter, the New Zealand poet wrote a piece entitled “Dialogue with the Beloved”. A dialogue between the Lord and a donkey. James is the donkey, agonizing over his sinfulness. The Lord consoles him: “Count yourself more valuable than your sins. To think otherwise is to put your creation above mine.”
This is the Story of Jesus drawn from the four Evangelists
Gospel passages accompanied by a number of brief commentaries