Tag: Salvation

Regarding Narrow Gates

The image of a grandiose, endless banquet is the most common image used in Holy Scripture to describe heaven. It is the lavish wedding feast of Christ, the Lamb of God, and his Bride, the Church. It is meant to have all nations and all peoples as...

The Seed of God’s Word

Our reading from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel (17:22-24) offers us impressive yet subtle clues as to how the Kingdom of God is and how it is designed to affect us. I know of skillful gardeners who can get sprigs, torn from rosemary or similar...

Reaffirming the Story of Salvation

The Nicene Creed summarizes Catholic teaching about Jesus in these words: “We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God . . . For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven . . . For our sake he was...

Our Salvation is Totally Unmerited

It happens often, especially to impress someone that kids brag about their parents or older siblings. “My dad is a lawyer; mine is a doctor; my mom is the vice-president of that famous Company; my brother is the quarterback of the high school team.”...

Our Role in God’s Plan of Salvation

According to legend, a holy married couple in Nazareth, who had been childless for many years, was blessed with a son—and they were informed in a dream that the boy’s name was to be Joseph. They carefully raised their child in their Jewish faith...

Today, Salvation Has Come to This House

What a tremendous piece of good news! Oh, how I wish that was true of my two sisters’ families in Italy: to have the Lord drop in for a visit as they struggle, not only financially, but also with pain, doubts and anxieties! Oh, how I wish that the...

The Problem with Wide Gates

A careful reading of the Gospels reveals the utter amazement of the crowds over the fact that Jesus taught with authority and convincing force. Apparently, they were accustomed to hearing nice, soothing words of reassurance, compromises and watered...

Has Salvation Lost Its Meaning?

Salvation has always been the most important concept for Christians. Their core belief, regardless of denomination, is that from the beginning human sinfulness barred us from heaven, but God in his mercy sent his Son to atone for our sins and make...