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Heaven Is Like…


Reflection on Mass Reading for November 21, 2020

There seems a common thread woven throughout all of our lives, especially when it comes to the issue of death. There certainly does exist a vast disparity in the experience of one’s own end versus the concluding hours of someone we love and over whom we will certainly grieve. That thread expands from deep isolation to outright anger. Worry is another casualty-harbinger. Still, others miss the mark completely when confronted with the heaviness of death and loss as we saw today in the Gospel: “Now at the resurrection whose wife will that woman be?” Jesus was standing right in front of these “learned” people with the very answer to life’s most perplexing question “why do we have to die?” and the only intelligent remark offered was hardly astute. And this was because the larger picture was not appreciated because of their lack of faith and grave suspicion of Jesus. “Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death and brought life to light through the Gospel.”

The truth is simple. Jesus is Lord of life and death. Everything He touches will be completely transformed and even better than we could ever imagine, both here on earth and in Heaven: “They can no longer die, for they are like angels; and they are the children of God because they are the ones who will rise.” We could certainly learn a tremendous truth here. When we stand in front of Jesus, without the bothers and cares of this world, we won’t have any questions, except perhaps, “Do you know who I am?” 

“I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, He will not ask, ‘How many good things have you done in your life?’ rather He will ask, ‘How much love did you put into what you did?'” St. Teresa of Calcutta

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