Active or Passive Salvation?

Deacon used a phrase in his homily this weekend that made me sit up – “active role in your salvation”.

I don’t remember what came before or after those five words. But the phrase stuck in my head and I knew I had to use it in our Tuesday morning email.

“Active” as opposed to “passive”.  What would it look like to have a passive role in one’s own salvation?

I’m imagining someone with either an inflated sense of entitlement, or crippling fear, or maybe simple laziness.

Entitlement because they think salvation is owed to them and thus have to do nothing to earn it.

On the other hand, the fearful person is someone who can’t bring themselves to face God. They are wary of the wrath that they know they deserve. They don’t even know where to start, so they don’t start at all. Salvation is just a thing that will happen… or not. They don’t know and may not think they are even worthy enough.

The third might be the most dangerous. Procrastinating on one’s salvation due to a lukewarm heart or “I’ll worry about it when I’m old and need it” is an active rejection of experiencing the joy of knowing God now. That momentum will be tough to muster when you’re “old and need it”.

Being active in your own salvation can take so many different forms. It’s not necessarily daily Mass, but it could be. It’s not necessarily self-denial, but it could be.

It could also be being kind to a stranger that frustrates you. It could be writing a thank you note. It could be asking someone to come to Mass with you. It could be in creating art that helps others see God through your eyes.

Ask yourself this question this week: How am I an active participant in my own salvation?

Love to all,

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