“Safety first.” “Better safe than sorry.” Nowadays, safety is almost an obsession. We have out savings. We pay our social security. We insure our cars, our homes, our lives. And we buckle our safety belt faithfully. But what about our ultimate safety, our eternal salvation?
It gives you unpleasant feeling if you miss the bus, train, our flight. Your feeling is even more miserable if you know that it was your own fault because you wasted time doing unnecessary things that could have been done later. Should we not then seriously consider the possibility that we might come too late for the kingdom of God?
In today’s Gospel someone ask the question: “Will only a few people be saved?” Jesus answered by placing three parables of our Lord in a row. The first parable is the one about the narrow door. There are a few conditions if we want to be saved. The second parable is directed to those who are late. They have not repented in time and miss the boat by their own fault: “Depart from me, all you evildoers!” The third parable warns Israel not to have pretensions as God’s chosen people. Only those who repent, both Jews and Gentiles, will be saved. Constant conversion is part of a Christian life-style.
How do we prepare ourselves to enter into the kingdom of God? Today’s second reading suggest us to gain strength: discipline. It may be the best way to learn. After all, “disciplina” means teaching or instruction. It is also the root of the word “disciple,” which we all strive to be. A true disciple has learned that a true neighbor treats everyone with love, kindness, and mercy. Learning and practicing a true love is the good preparation to enter into the kingdom of GodThe question that we might ask ourselves is this: “Has my life been a success? Actually, this question cannot be answered unless we can answer a deeper question: “What is success?” Is a person’s life successful if he or she is making a good salary?