Imaginations of Heaven

Ahh, I imagine it looking the same as Rivendell from Lord of the Rings. Beautiful buildings. Multiple waterfalls and green fields. What must heaven look like, and it is where we all want to go, right? Our common goal in life, the main reason we are faithful Catholics, the reason we get baptized – to receive the paradise promised to us.

Heaven –  guaranteed to us by Jesus when he died on the cross, freeing us of all sins. Provided we do  good things (LOVE is a key item) & obey all the commandments. Jesus said in Matthew 19: 17-19: 

Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.”  “Which ones?” the man inquired. Jesus replied, “ ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony,  honour your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbour as yourself.’

This is our promised salvation; ours, and I would say, it is the just reward for being faithful and for the good deeds we do while on Earth’s perilous journey. May God put our names into the Book of Life!

The inspiration for writing this article was from my RCIY session yesterday, on Saturday 18 Jan. Fr. Ben did  the session  on the Nicene Creed. He was talking about how Jesus after his death by crucifixion before his resurrection on Easter went down to the ‘dead’ and saved all the lost souls and brought them to heaven. Jesus also returned to Earth to instruct his disciples, notably St. Peter, our church’s first Pope.

Then the questions came to us. Fr. Ben asked us, ” Do we want to go to heaven?” and ” What do you expect in heaven?” The answer to the first question is yes, and the second answer to the next question is for all of us  to  meet our Redeemer, our Lord God.

Well, for all of us, it was the same answer. Fr. Ben was not satisfied  and he wanted us to  think harder, to consider and come up with more detailed answers.  My answer was a 24/7. But no,  that will be an understatement for heaven. It is an ever-lasting all-you-can-eat buffet feast, the meal that you don’t need to pay for, and what’s more impressive – you won’t grow fat from the food, be it meat, veggies or fruits. The most tender of meats will be eaten everyday. Mansions for everyone. It would be like a luxury resort on the clouds, and everyone there will indeed be on Cloud Nine!

We had discussions in groups of three. One sponsor, Alexis, described heaven as having green grassy fields with angels flying about like fairies such as tinklebell in fairy tales. A perfect place for a picnic. In the whole RCIY group, one of my friends and fellow sponsor like me said he wanted to go to the ‘party’ in heaven. A party that never ends. A party that has many bottles of wine that you drink and stay sober. You never get drunk.

Ah heaven. . . . O Lord, how we long to see you! How I wish that I can go to paradise now at this very moment! 

But still, there is Matthew 16:24-25 to consider:

“Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you want to come with me, you must forget yourself, carry your cross, and follow me. For if you want to save your own life, you will lose it; but if you lose your life for my sake, you will find it.”

Let us work hard, my brothers and sisters, like how Noah worked hard to build his Ark, because we all know where our destination is.

To the people who think that going to heaven is a hard thing. Let me say: Resent that negative thought of yours. Have courage! Actually the road is bumpy but easy as it has already been promised  by Jesus.

Micah 6:8, ” You have already been told what is right, and what Yahweh wants of you. Only this to do what is right, to love loyalty and to walk humbly with your God.

 This scripture reading is very meaningful. Why?  It just says you have already been told what to do, so do it. The way to heaven has already been laid out for you, so walk on it carefully without bumping into the road to hell. The Lord has provided for us and his grace is sufficient for us. The good deeds we must do. The hindrances? Our Lord will help us remove them if we turn to him. The only thing is whether we choose to follow Him all the way.

Amen.

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