That’s a good question, isn’t?
How many will be saved?
What do you think?
A thousand? or A milion? Maybe A bilion? Maybe Someone will shout more? Hmm? Just look around - and think how many of us will be saved?
Some people try to speculate the number, even the exact number of the saved.
But when you try to see what Jesus was saying - You’ll discover that He doesn’t give a precise anwswer.
The Lord says that the gate is wide open with completely free entry into the Kingdom.
But one thing is here - that gate is narrow.
So rather than our trying to figure how many will fit through, we should make sure that we will fit through.
It is always tempting to be so concerned and even outraged about the state of morality around us that we pay little attention to the state:
of our soul, our life of our marriage or even of my priethood and religious life.
The first word of the Lord to us today is that when we are critical of the scandals about which we read and how many people are failing to enter the door, we should make sure that we are entering through the door ourselves.
Because the door is narrow, it means that it takes effort to get in.
We have to get rid of a great deal of baggage to enter. The baggage like hatred, greed, jealousy, lust and to get rid of everything else that weighs us down.
Let’s ask ourselves - Can we fit through? We, not my spouse, children, my neighbour.
Am I in spiritual shape?
We know the remarkable difference in our life when we get into physical shape. We become more efficient. We have more energy and even we think more clearly.
The Narrow Gate! It is not the same with the spiritual journey! Our spiritual shape helps so much. The energy of our soul we find in the God’s grace, in our prayer life, in the sacraments.
Today’s Letter to the Hebrews reminds us that life itself can get rid of some of the rough edges. We can call it also the discipline of the Lord, the trials we face so many times might help us so much to get a spiritual shape.
Look, we are able to give so many examples here.
For for instance it is hard to be self-centered when there is someone at home who needs constant attention. It is hard to be arrogant when a person is facing some difficulties or is hit by illness.
Life itself can put you and me into spiritual shape.
So when God sends something into our life or allows it to happen - the person of faith knows that these have the grace to build spiritual muscle and make us ready for the Kingdom.
My dear Brothers and Sisters - the Liturgy of the Word challenges us today.
We are asked
Are we becoming fit for entry by our spiritual life. **Are we using the opportunities and graces given us in the Church by Jesus. **
I can assure you - Through our following the God’s Word, we will fit through the door, through that narrow gate. God’s grace will make it even wider for us - if that will be needed.