One word may save us.

Many, who are not Catholic, believe they will be saved because of  John 6, 37-40.

Jesus said to the crowds:
“Everything that the Father gives me will come to me,
and I will not reject anyone who comes to me,
because I came down from heaven not to do my own will
but the will of the one who sent me.
For this is the will of my Father,
that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him
may have eternal life,
and I shall raise him on the last day.”

Jesus says He does the will of The Father.  We may assume that He expects us to be obedient, as well.  We show our obedience by coming to Him through the only Church He founded when He said to its first Pope:  “Thou art Peter, and on this rock, I build My Church.”

Why should we be Catholic?  Receiving Catholic Communion is only way we can show obedience to another of His “least commandments”:  “If you do not eat My Body and drink My Blood, you do not have life in you.”

At the end of the passage above, the reason it’s safest to be Catholic literally jumps off the page:  “that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him have eternal life,”.  The important word is “may”.

Jesus specifically does not say that all who believe “shall” have eternal life”.  It’s risky to ignore the difference between “may” and “shall”.  “May” is a vague possibility.  “Shall” is definitely going to happen.

The passage is clear.  Everyone who believes “may” have salvation.  But, some believers “shall” have salvation.  For instance, there have been abortionists who insisted that they were “Christian”.  If they die before repentance, they will not be saved.  So, everyone who believes may, but not shall, be saved.

By providing those words to compare, Jesus directs us to the right path.

With His mercy, those obedient enough to have  “life in them” will be among those believers of whom He says at the conclusion of the passage:  “And I raise him on the last day.”

The safest bet is to act on the obvious truth:   It is those who believe fully enough to properly receive Catholic Communion of whom Jesus is speaking when He says: “I raise him on the last day”

Would you prefer a vague, “maybe” salvation?  Or, would one feel better with doing what’s necessary to have The Fulfillment of The Prophets, the Son Of God Himself, solemnly announce to the ages that He raise you up on the last day?

The choice is as simple and clear as His Words.  Hope we all make the right choice.  Before the trap door opens!