From the crowds, someone shouted out to Jesus, “Lord, will only a few be saved?” Jesus’ teachings & his proclamation of God’s kingdom attracted a lot of interest from the people of ancient Israel, but it also drew a lot of questions from the crowds. The people were wanting to know more and more about what God’s kingdom was all about. Jesus demands that we incorporate the teachings of God’s kingdom into the reality of our daily lives, through the ups and downs of our journey of faith.
During this Year of Faith that we are celebrating, we are called to delve deeper into the rich teachings of our faith traditions. Our Catholic moral teachings contain a great richness for us. Through the Beatitudes and the Ten Commandments, through the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity, we can learn so much about our faith. We need to continuously form our conscience and grow in our faith so that we can continue to make the right decisions that our faith demands from us. And we are marking an end to the month of October, a month that honors the blessed Virgin Mary and her role in the history of salvation, a month that calls us to specifically look at how the respect for all human life is an important part of our Catholic faith.
We heard about the question that someone in the crowd shouted out to Jesus in today’s Gospel. Perhaps the question we should be asking is not how many will be eventually saved, but rather: How is God calling me to live according to his will here on earth? Perhaps we need to ask ourselves: How am I incorporating his love and mercy into my life in serving Him and in serving my brothers & sisters?