Dear Fathers, Friends in Christ,
Psalm 145:10-11, 12-13ab, 13cd-14
Sometimes, it is harder to know the right question to ask, than it is to come up with the right answer. In today's gospel Jesus was asked by someone: "Lord, will only a few people be saved?" It is a question that I am sure all of us, at one time or another, wondered about, but it is still not the right question.
The question Jesus wants us to ask, is: What must we do to be saved?
And to this question Jesus responds that, whatever we do, we must be ready. Ready, not only in the sense of being on the lookout for when He will return, but ready by avoiding evil such as failing to keep the Lord's day holy, disrespecting our parents, murdering, taking someone else's spouse or coveting someone else's spouse, taking someone else's property or coveting it, ruining someone's good name, or failing to help the poor or disadvantaged when we could have done something for them.
Are we avoiding evil and doing good is the question Jesus wants us to ask ourselves in preparation for His return. Asking the right question now can save a lot of grief later.
Father Ed Bakker
Anglican Catholic Church / Original Province
Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne