Why Do You Come to Me?
There are those who have built their houses on sand, others who eschewed even that in defying God; then there are those who sowed seeds in the rocks and weeds grew up around it and those who planted in fertile soil. The latter are also the same ones who built their houses on solid ground - on the Rock of Peter.
"This final group on the path to salvation - the highest echelon on earth - includes many of the greatest saints and holy people to ever walk the earth. The fact that many saints will be included in the previous group gives us some idea just how difficult it is to be a member of this fourth, and greatest, group. These are the people whose path to salvation will be lined with much selflessness, love, mercy, service, joy, and a true desire to follow Christ and sacrifice in the service of God"
We can assume that on each of the paths to perdition and salvation respectively, we will find at least four distinct groups. Two such groups will be on the path to perdition and two other such groups will be on the path to salvation. The nature and reasoning of each group, however, will be quite different and determinant in measuring their eternal perception and ultimate eternal happiness.
Greater Group to Perdition: The Defiant
This group - the lowest denominator of man - will include those who defiantly and arrogantly disobeyed God's Will and Divine Law. These lost souls are consciously and willingly lost because they refuse to accept any authority over their conduct and define personal freedom as doing whatever they please. Like the fallen angels who rebelled against Heaven, these souls either willingly ignored divine authority or refused to accept or recognize it. In a sense, these people are running toward perdition as they pretend to calmly follow their own path, they are doomed to be enslaved in hell even as they proclaim to be seeking independence, freedom, and autonomy, and they cowardly succumb to sin even as they feign courage to follow their own corrupt convictions.
Lesser Group to Perdition: The Confused
This second group on the path to perdition are those lost and confused souls who are simply morally, doctrinally, liturgically, and/or ethically clueless. These people have allowed themselves to be hypnotized by the morphine of modernism, the heroin of hedonism, the fašade of feminism, the narcotic of narcissism, the substance of secularism, the lies of liberalism, the poisons of proportionalism, and the rum of rationalism to the degree that they have become moral imbeciles. While not willingly defying God Almighty, they are certainly negligently and even recklessly doing so, and therefore they too will be seen stumbling if not running toward perdition.
Lesser Group to Salvation: The Fearful
Of the two groups headed down the path to salvation, the majority of souls will belong to this group. These people will be heading toward Christ, but more out of sheer submission to fear and horror of perceived perdition than anything else. Like the frightened schoolchild who follows rules and behaves because he or she does not want to get into trouble, these souls will have done enough to be saved based mostly on their terror of perdition. While they will at least save their souls and perhaps encourage others to do so, their motive and impetus will be to avoid punishment and seek reward. Even as we each struggle with our weak and sinful humanity to be included in at least this group, we are all aware that one of the primary factors in our efforts will be to avoid the most fearful and eternal after school of all!
Greatest Group to Salvation: The Loving
This final group on the path to salvation - the highest echelon on earth - includes many of the greatest saints and holy people to ever walk the earth. The fact that many saints will be included in the previous group gives us some idea just how difficult it is to be a member of this fourth, and greatest, group. These are the people whose path to salvation will be lined with much selflessness, love, mercy, service, joy, and a true desire to follow Christ and sacrifice in the service of God.
This group includes those who truly understood and accepted God's loving call that we serve Him through love and spontaneous holiness rather than reward mentality. It may be said that these fortunate souls truly represent the ultimate and deep good that weak, sinful humans are capable of with the help and guidance of God. I might also add that by their selfless prayer, reparation and sacrifices in suffering for others, they are doing much to bring others - most specifically the fearful into God's loving embrace, and even the confused through His Mercy and propitiation of the loving.
In a sense, each of the four groups described above answered Christ's question Why Do you follow Me? in different ways. The first group to perdition will have answered that question 'I will follow myself and not You!' The second group to perdition will have answered that same question 'I follow what others say is You.' The first group to salvation will answer that question 'I follow You because I am afraid not to.' Finally, the second group to salvation will answer that most eternal and critical of questions with a resounding
'I follow You because I love You and want to eternally serve You. You are my Lord, where else can I go?'
The latter are the ones who have echoed Saint Peter's words in John 6: 68 and have fulfilled the first question of the Baltimore Catechism: 'Why did God make us?' The answer, as the loving have discovered and followed through is: To know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world so we can be happy with Him in the next.' That is, of course, everlasting happiness in Heaven. Why don't those other three groups understand this better? That's a question man has struggled with since the beginning. If only they could realize how close they are to the answer then they would flock to Him.
Editor's Note: Heaven is once again under attack by those who would seek to ignore and overthrow God's majesty and authority. Gabriel Garnica, educator and attorney, submits regular insights and commentaries to remind and help guide readers toward a deeper and more assertive faith. Touching on topics and issues ranging from personal faith, doctrine, education, scripture, the media, family life, morality, and values, Gabriel's notes are music to traditional ears but unpleasant tones to those who have bought into the misguided notions so prevalent and spreading in today's Catholic world.