In heaven we will be like angels.



Saturday, 11/24/12

The Bible tells us almost nothing about the afterlife.

Paul in Chapter Two of First Corinthians says, “Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor has it entered into the hearts of men the things which God has prepared for those who love him.”

St. John is not much more help. In Chapter Three of his First Letter he wrote, “We are already God’s children, what we shall be has not yet been revealed.”

Perhaps the pleasures of heaven are so different from anything we know, that even if they were described to us it would make no sense for us.

That reminds me of a nasty little story. When a little boy who didn’t like girls asked what is the very best fun people have in this life, he was told it’s what a man and woman can hae when they sleep together. Unable to believe that, but not wanting to contradict, he asked, “Well, can they eat chocolate candy while they’re doing it?

Jesus, in today’s Gospel, seems to agree with the little boy. In heaved wher everything is perfect people neither marry nor or given in marriage.

What Paul meant by saying “Eye has not seen nor ear heard” was that our imaginations are not expansive enough to grasp the great happiness of heaven.

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