The Book of Revelation gives us a glimpse into Heaven. Heaven is more than just a place, Heaven is a person, and His name is Jesus Christ. The Beatitudes show us how we reflect the face of Christ. (1 Nov 2014)
Jesus was born in a little shack, at the edge of town, and Mary and Joseph probably thought that nobody at all would notice them…until the shepherds showed up. We might think that nobody notices and nobody cares, but God notices, and God cares, and God’s angels are always around us. Because of this truth, we should not be afraid of anything, and we should let God help us with everything.
Like the Sadducees in today’s Gospel, we often assume that life in Heaven is a lot like life on earth, only with better food, and no one gets fat. Jesus corrects that interpretation, teaching us that those who are chosen for Heaven will receive a new life that is completely transformed, that we call “eternal life.” The truth that eternal life is waiting for us should give us courage to face all life’s difficulties without fear.
The baptized on earth, the souls in Purgatory, and the saints in Heaven all form one great big family called the Church. The Greek word for Church, ecclesia, means “the gathering” or “assembly.” God is gathering His children from the four corners of the earth, and from all of history. The Holy Spirit is tugging us to join this gathering, and we need to choose whether we are going to rise with the Saints, or stay stuck in the muck.
God gives us the gift of righteousness, symbolized by a white garment. We are given this gift in baptism and are called to preserve it throughout our life and into the everlasting life of Heaven. Seeing holiness as a gift from God will help us answer Peter’s question at the Pearly Gates.
Easter 6 – If you love me, you will keep my commandments. Only one person was ever good enough to get to Heaven on his own: Jesus himself. The rest of us have to ask for help. Fortunately, Jesus is ready to help by sending us the Holy Spirit.
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