“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
Are you saved? Hopefully, the answer to this is “Yes” in three ways:
1) You were saved by grace through Baptism.
2) You continue to be saved by God’s grace and mercy as you freely choose to follow Him. Here we are reminded of the definition of Sacrament. “A sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to impart His grace.” And so, it is a continual participation in the Sacramental life of the Church.
3) You hope to be saved in your final hour so as to enter the glories of Heaven.
And so, the short answer is, “I’m Saved. I’m being saved. I will be saved.”
Anything we accomplish in life means nothing if we cannot answer “Yes” in this threefold way.
It’s also important to be reminded of how we are saved. How is it that we were, are, and hope to receive the precious gift of salvation? The answer is simple: Through the life, death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, our one and only Way to the Father. There is no other way we obtain salvation than through Him.
Sometimes we can fall into the trap of thinking that we achieve salvation by simply being “good.” In other words, do your good works save you? The proper answer is both “Yes” and “No.” It is “Yes” only in the sense that our good works are a necessary part of union with Christ. Without Him, we can do nothing good. But if we have accepted Christ into our life and, thus, if we are on the road to salvation, then good works will be necessarily present in our life. But the answer is also “No” in the sense that Jesus and Jesus alone is the only Savior. We cannot save ourselves no matter how hard we try to be good.
We must live this three-fold answer to the question, “Are you saved?” If we simply rely on the fact that we were baptized and did not continue to journey toward Salvation, do not deepen our love of Christ through the Sacramental life of the Church, the life of Grace then Salvation will not be yours. If we rely on good works, buy engaging in charity, and being nice well, then Salvation is not ours. Scripture reminds us that even the Pagans know how to perform Good works. And if you are going to be the gambler and throw the dice and wait until the end of your life to Hope in Christ, the odds will never be in your favor.
This discussion is especially familiar to our evangelical Christian brothers and sisters. But it’s a conversation we should be quite familiar with also. At the heart of this conversation is the Person of Jesus Christ. He and He alone must be the central focus of our lives, and we must see Him as the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He is the only Way to Heaven, He is the fullness of the Truth we must believe, and He is the Life that we are called to live and is the source of this new life of Grace.
Reflect, today, upon the central and singular role of Jesus in your life. Without Him, you are nothing, but with Him, you obtain the life of perfect fulfillment. Choose Him in a very personal and concrete way this day as your Lord and Savior. Humbly admit that you are nothing without Him and let Him into your life so that He can offer you to His loving Father in Heaven.
My Lord and my Savior, I say “Yes” to You this day and accept You into my life as my Lord and Savior. I thank You for the gift of Baptism, which began my life of grace, and I renew my choice to follow You, this day, so that You may enter more fully into my life. As You come into my life, please offer me to the Father in Heaven. May all my actions be directed by You so that I may be an eternal offering with You, dear Jesus. Jesus, I trust in You.
May God Bless You.
Rev. Fr. Douglas A. Ondeck
I pray a special blessing on all mothers this day that Mary, the Archangels and Angels, prophets, and martyrs, and all the saints stand between them and any evil.