Who Then Can Be Saved?!

Who Can Be Saved?!

Salvation is an awe-filled moment/life/journey. The reality of it brings the potential for absolute joy and absolute despair.

For, in truth, when the reality of it hits me. When I allow it to really encounter me, I cry out in the moment, “Who then can be saved?! Save me!!” I do so for once again I am undone. Once again I am naked. Once again I am without excuse and strength. And yet, I am filled with an abiding desperate desire for salvation that is completely beyond me. Again and again…

My body and soul cry out, “Lord have mercy.” I lean. I step. I trust over against the potential despair. Into not away from. It is all I can do – it is all I have. Meager and stumbling. It is enough if it is my all. I remember, “Keep your mind in hell and despair not.”

Grace is synergy with such as this is enough.

Ravished by the Love of God. Ravishing the Love of God. Embracing and being embraced. Loved and daring to love.

Lord have mercy. Lord surround me and fill me with your mercy. Thanks be to God.

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23 And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” 24 And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 26 And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, “Then who can be saved?” 27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.” 28 Peter began to say to him, “Lo, we have left everything and followed you.” 29 Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, 30 who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. 31 But many that are first will be last, and the last first.” (Mark 10.23-31)

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We already know by experience what the Truth promised to whoever forsakes everything and follows him: “he will receive a hundred times more now… and eternal life in the age to come” (Mk 10,30). Indeed, the gift of a hundred times more sustains us on the journey and possession of eternal life will be our joy for ever in our heavenly homeland.

But what does this hundred times more mean? Briefly, the consolations of the Spirit, sweet as honey, his visits and his firstfruits. It is the witness of our conscience, the happy and joyful expectation of the righteous; it is the remembrance of God’s overwhelming goodness and, in truth, the greatness of his sweetness. Those who have had experience of these gifts have no need for anyone to tell them about them. And as for those who do not have it, who could describe it in plain words? St. Peter Damian (1007-1072), Sermon 9

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