After all the blogs on Hell, we need to be assured that Jesus, through His Catholic Church, can save us from Hell. But, as we can see everywhere today, most people prefer to live their lives in the pursuit of sinful pleasure, rather than follow the narrow road that Jesus points out to us.
“Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat. How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it!” Matt. 7:13-14
And if the just man shall scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? 1 Peter 4:18
What is this narrow gate Jesus talks about? It is the cross. Let us get it clear, there is a chasm between the pursuit of sinful pleasure and the narrow gate of the cross. They are the extreme opposites.
“And he said to all: If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life, shall lose it; for he that shall lose his life for my sake, shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, and cast away himself?” Luke 9:23-25
For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting. For God sent not his Son into the world, to judge the world, but that the world may be saved by him. He that believeth in him is not judged. But he that doth not believe, is already judged: because he believeth not in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the judgment: because the light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than the light: for their works were evil. For every one that doth evil hateth the light, and cometh not to the light, that his works may not be reproved. John 3:16-20
“And when the Son of man shall come in his majesty, and all the angels with him, then shall he sit upon the seat of his majesty. And all nations shall be gathered together before him, and he shall separate them one from another, as the shepherd separateth the sheep from the goats:” Matt. 25:31-32
Jesus did not just talk about being saved from the devil and hell, but talked about Him giving us Eternal Life. We see this when Jesus told the rich young man that he had to obey the commandments in order to have life everlasting:
And behold one came and said to him: Good master, what good shall I do that I may have life everlasting? Who said to him: Why asketh thou me concerning good? One is good, God. But if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He said to him: Which? And Jesus said: Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness. Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Matt. 19:16-19
“I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever; and the bread that I will give, is my flesh, for the life of the world.
Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you shall not have life in you. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath everlasting life: and I will raise him up in the last day.” John 6:52-55.
Jesus did these things to save us from hell and give us eternal life:
- He preached and left the Apostles to preach and write His words down in the Holy Bible so that we know what God expects of us to be saved.
- He died on the Cross to reconcile us with God and to pay the price for our sins.
- He started the Catholic Church right after He rose from the dead when He gave the Apostles His authority to forgive sins.
- He left us His sacrifice on the cross, the Holy Latin Mass, to continue pouring out His saving graces that are received by faithfully assisting and worthily receiving Jesus’ Holy Body and Blood in Holy Communion.
- When His Sacred Heart was pierce on the Cross, water and blood gushed forth and is the fountain of the 7 Holy Sacraments of the Catholic Church. As Eve came from the side of Adam, so His Immaculate Bride, the Holy Catholic Church, came forth from His side, to continuously give us God’s graces so that we can have the graces to live how God asks of us. These graces help us to believe, follow and obeying Jesus.
“Therefore as the church is subject to Christ (1), so also let the wives be to their husbands in all things. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ also loved the church, and delivered himself up for it: That he might sanctify it, cleansing it by the laver of water in the word of life: That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy, and without blemish.” Ephesians 5:24-27
(1) Church is subject to Christ: The church then, according to St. Paul, is ever obedient to Christ, and can never fall from him, but remain faithful to him, unspotted and unchanged to the end of the world.
- Believe in Jesus Christ and His Catholic Church.
- Be baptized.
- Receive Holy Communion.
- Continue in prayer.
- Read the Holy Bible.
- Go to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass every Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation.
- Obey the 10 Commandments and all the other teachings of the 2000 year old Holy Catholic Church.
- Be confirmed in the Holy Spirit.
- Go to Confession and receive Holy Communion often at daily mass.
- Trust In God’s mercy and salvation.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.