Whoever Believes

In today’s gospel, Jesus says:

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved;
whoever does not believe will be condemned.

We are all comfortable with the first part of this statement, that those who believe and are baptized will be saved.  The second statement pulls at our hearts.  Condemned?  That seems harsh, doesn’t it?

It’s not harsh though.  It is simply the result of a choice that all of us must make.  We can choose Jesus, or we can reject him.  That choice is ours.  Jesus longs for us to say yes to him.

Lord Jesus, help me to say yes to you today.

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