Psalm 16:5, 8-11
Hebrews 10:11-14, 18
They will see “the Son of Man coming in the clouds” with great power and glory. (Mark 13:26)
Most of us prefer to have control over our lives. We tend to do the things that will promote happiness, security, and peace; and we try to overcome our problems, our insecurities, and our pain. When we think about improving our lives, however, we tend to think almost exclusively in terms of this world. We give little or no consideration to the Second Coming of Jesus or to what life will be like in heaven.
Of course, it’s good to think about how we can improve ourselves and our world. Scripture calls us to “fill the earth and subdue it” (Genesis 1:28). God invites us to be cocreators with him, to use our gifts of intellect, imagination, and creativity to make this world a better and better place. But at the same time, many saints—who also dedicated themselves to improving people’s everyday lives—yearned to finally be with Jesus forever in heaven. They echoed St. Paul’s longing “to depart this life and be with Christ, for that is far better” (Philippians 1:23).
Can you imagine a place where all of our problems—crime, murder, abortion, war, poverty, division, resentment, suffering, sickness, and death—are forever vanquished? Can you even conceive of a place where people love each other all day, every day? A place where every relationship is perfect? It’s this vision that captivated the saints and filled them with longing. It’s also this vision that moved them out into the world—the hope that they could share the good news of heaven with as many people as possible.
As we near the end of another Church year, let’s take some time to imagine how beautiful heaven really is. We are on a pilgrimage to heaven, and the more we keep this thought in our minds, the more we will find ourselves encouraging other people—through our love and service—to join us on the way.
“Jesus, give me a glimpse of the glory of heaven. Lord, I want to be with you forever!”~WAU