What good must I do to gain eternal life

August 17, 2020 4:00 am

“‘Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?’ He answered him, ‘Why do you ask me about the good? There is only One who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.’” (MT 19: 16-17)

He had a very good intuition—“to gain eternal life” we need to do “good.” What kind of good? The first answer lies in practicing the commandments. But this is only the first step. The right answer is in the sentence: “There is only One who is good.” He is our “eternal life,” and He is the only One, Who can take us there. We are not “gaining,” working hard, or achieving eternal life; Our Lord is the Redeemer and the source of our salvation. The good which we can practice is the way, how we can imitate Him and come closer to Him, it is the way, in which we practice love, gentleness, respect, and honor.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.” (Gospel Acclamation)

Categorised in: Fr Jarosław Szymczak