Lord, will many be saved? Or is Hell crowded? Right now the world says it is easy to be good but wide is the road that leads to destruction, narrow the gate to eternal life. Is it easier to stick to the good, a life of choices and happiness, or stray to the bad, a life of anger and regret? Our natural-born tendency is the path to destruction. We are made for God but we are also broken. We are invited to choose the truth, and light, the narrow door, but we also have the choice to choose the wide door. Regardless of how someone is raised, we believe that good people go to heaven when we die. The scripture points out that to go to heaven you have to be baptized, receive the eucharist, and you have to profess your faith. We don’t naturally grow into heaven. We have to realize that heaven isn’t a prize we get when we die. God wants us all to go to heaven but we still have to make the choice about where we end up. We are all invited but it is our choice about how much we will clean ourselves up or present yourself. You have to make other arrangements in your life to get there. You can’t walk into something without being prepared. Even if you have never heard of Jesus or you have never had the option to choose him you can still be saved if we choose the good that we do know. The biggest question we have to ask is, what am I doing to get there. What am I doing to get to the narrow gate?
God made humans to have friendship and love, we are made for relationships. What are the things we need in order to have real friendships or community? Friendship and community require two things, availability, and vulnerability. Availability is making sacrifices so you can be there whether you are needed or not, just being available. The willingness to make connections is what gives people availability. To be available to others you first must have are carefree timelessness for yourself. When you are vulnerable you have to put your walls and barriers down and be honest. Allow people to see who you actually are. Trust that everything will be ok if you let others into your life. In closing to make real friends you have to be open and available with yourself so you can be open and available with others.
Why does God allow anything bad to happen? God has given us free will so we have the ability to affect and change what is around us. There are two types of evil in the world, physical and moral evils. Physical evil exists in the Universe. ex) wind storm destroys the village. Moral, or human evil is only created by humans, all evil in this world is man-made. If God eliminated all evil, he would also eliminate freedom in the process. He created this world good but he allows it to be broken so we can still have our freedom. Jesus doesn’t take away our pain, he transforms it. If there is no pain there is no healing. Mercy is having the time and freedom to choose. Nothing given to God is ever wasted our pain isn’t wasted it is for something greater than ourselves.