“Who will be saved?” If you Google the question, there are pages and pages of search results and books galore trying to distill the answer! Many of the entries try to streamline the response! Our Gospel for this Sunday makes it very clear who will be saved.
Jesus makes it very clear, that the journey to Jerusalem, the journey of salvation is very demanding and always requires dying to self. During Lent, we sang a song penned by Rory Cooney entitled, Jerusalem, My Destiny. Part of the refrain contains these words: I have fixed my eyes on your hills, Jerusalem, my Destiny. Though I cannot see the end for me I cannot turn away. We have set our hearts for the way; this journey is our destiny.Let no one walk alone. The journey makes us one.
Jesus walks the journey with us and shows us the way to what we desire most in our lives – life with God! Our salvation is not without cost! Being a disciple means daily dying to self and living for the sake of the other – seeking reconciliation with another; accompanying a dying spouse or parent; reaching out in compassion to a neighbor in need. The journey makes us one.
Who will be saved? The one who looses their life for the sake of the other.