The path of salvation
He goes on to live and to proclaim the Gospel to many people in many places.
"... and (he) exhorted them to persevere in the faith, saying,
“It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships
to enter the Kingdom of God."
In today’s Gospel (John 14:27-31a), our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ speaks of “the ruler of this world” in an apparent reference to what motivates the men who are on their way to bring about his death. Our Lord, says, however, that
He has no power over me,
but the world must know that I love the Father
and that I do just as the Father has commanded me.
Sometimes we may be lucky and sometimes we may be blessed, but things will not always go well for us in this world, especially if we stand up for Christ.
But the path of salvation is one of perseverance, as Saint Paul reminds us, and of obedience and love, as our Lord shows us.
By the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, may you and I be faithful, may you and I be obedient, may you and I be loving, may you and I persevere – no matter what.