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Saturday, 26 April 2008 12:26

We have been created for Heaven. Heaven is fostering hope. During this forty-day period between Easter and the Ascension of Our Lord, the Church asks us to keep our eyes on Heaven, our final dwelling place, to which Our Lord is calling us. This invitation becomes more pressing as we approach the day on which Jesus went up to the right hand of his Father.


Our Lord had promised his disciples that in a little while he would be with them forever. Yet a little while, and the world will see me no more, but you will see me (John 14:19-20). Our Lord has kept his promise in this period when he stays close to his loved ones. But this presence will not end when he goes up with his glorious body to his Father, because, by his Passion and Death he has prepared for us a place in his Father’s house, where there are many mansions (cf John 14:2). I will come again, he tells them, and will take you to myself that where Jam you may be also (John 14:3).

The Apostles, who had been saddened by the prediction of Peter’s denials, are comforted by the hope of Heaven. The return to which Our Lord is referring includes his second coming at the end of the world (cf 1 Cor 4:5; 11:26), and the meeting with each soul when it leaves the body. Our death will be just that: a meeting with Christ, whom we have tried to serve throughout our lifetime. He will bring us to the fullness of glory, the meeting with his Heavenly Father, who is also our Father. There in Heaven, where we have a place prepared for us, Jesus awaits us, the same Jesus who is with us, who awaits us in prayer and with whom we have often been in intimate friendly conversation.

From our regular conversations with Our Lord is born the desire to be with him. Faith sweetens much of the bitterness of death. Our love for Jesus completely changes the meaning of that last moment which comes for every body. Those in love try to see each other. People in love have eyes only for their love. That’s logical, isn’t it? The human heart feels this need I would be lying if I denied my eagerness to contemplate the face of Jesus Christ ‘Vultum tuum, Domine, requiram!’ I will seek your countenance, 0 Lord (J. Escrivá, quoted in Newsletter No.1 for the Cause of his beatification). # # #


With permission from Scepter UK.  Short excerpt from IN CONVERSATION WITH GOD by Francis Fernandez.  

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