THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON EVANGELIZATION AND MISSION
WILL MANY BE SAVED?
Someone asked Jesus a question which is very relevant even
today. “Lord, will only a few people be saved?”
(Lk 13:23). Indeed, today darkness and sin are widespread.
Many are not living their lives according to God’s ways.
This is true even for some Catholics.
one who receives Holy Communion but does not believe in
the Real Presence.
self-proclaimed devout Catholic politician who is pro-abortion.
The priest who celebrates Mass but is in a homosexual relationship.
above will be surprised at the last judgment, when Jesus says
to them, “I do not know where you are from. Depart from
me, all you evildoers!” (Lk 13:27). What will keep us
from remaining standing outside the door and not being let
in by Jesus?
we must know that salvation is not just knowing about Jesus
and even interacting with him. “We ate and drank in
your company” (Lk 13:26a). We may still go to church
and even eat the body of the Lord, but unless we live lives
of righteousness, we will not be let in.
it is also not just about receiving formation as Christians.
It is not saying to Jesus, “you taught in our streets.”
(Lk 13:26b). Yes, Jesus taught, but did we listen? Did we
live out his teachings? As has been said, many Catholics are
catechized and sacramentalized, but are not evangelized. They
have heard about Jesus, but they do not really know him. They
have met him in some way, but are not living life according
to his prescriptions.
we must “strive to enter through the narrow door”
(Lk 13:24a). The road to perdition is wide and attractive,
but the only way to salvation is the narrow door of holiness
and obedience to God’s will.
we must look to the discipline of God, “for whom the
Lord loves, he disciplines” (Heb 12:6a). Many Christians
today are not into self-denial and embracing the cross. They
are just enjoying what the fallen world has to offer. The
way God diverts us from the path of destruction is to discipline
us whenever we stray. God does this “for our benefit,
in order that we may share his holiness.” (Heb 12:10b).
Discipline is painful, but it “brings the peaceful fruit
of righteousness to those who are trained by it.” (Heb
God wants all to be saved. God does not exclude anyone, and
in fact continually seeks out the lost sheep. “His mercy
for us is strong; the faithfulness of the Lord is forever.”
(Ps 117:2). His intent from all time has been the same: “I
am coming to gather all nations and tongues; they shall come
and see my glory.” (Is 66:18). But oftentimes, we exclude
is where the work of evangelization and mission becomes crucial.
The gospel needs to be proclaimed, and people need to be formed.
Those who have already been called are the ones to do this.
We work so that people meet Christ and live Christ. We are
to help make disciples of all the nations. We are sent by
God “to the distant coastlands which have never heard
of my name, or seen my glory; and they shall proclaim my glory
among the nations.” (Is 66:19b). This is our work.
We are to persist in our wide work of evangelization and mission.Then
perhaps many more will be saved.“And people will come
from the east and the west and from the north and the south
and will recline at table in the kingdom of God.” (Lk
13:29).May it be so!
the Lord, all you nations!” (Ps 117:1a).