What God has revealed about eternal life



There are no words to express by far what our life will be like in the Heaven that God has promised to his children. We know, as we have recently been reminded, that "we shall be with Christ and see God (cf. 1 Jn 3:2); an admirable promise and mystery in which our hope essentially consists. If the imagination cannot reach it, the heart reaches it instinctively and profoundly "

What we now glimpse through revelation and can scarcely imagine in our present being will be a most blessed reality. In the Old Testament, the happiness of Heaven is described, evoking the promised land after such a long and hard journey through the desert. There, in the new and definitive homeland, all the good things9 will be found, there the fatigues of such a long and difficult pilgrimage will come to an end.

The Lord spoke to us in many ways of the incomparable happiness of those who love God with works in this world. Eternal beatitude is one of the truths most insistently preached by our Lord: "The will of my Father, who sent me," he declared, "is that I should lose none of those whom he has given me, but raise them all up on the last day. Therefore it is my Father's will... that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 

 O Father, he will say at the Last Supper, I ardently desire that those whom you have given me may be with me where I am, so that they may behold my glory, which you have given me, because you loved me before the creation of the world.

Eternal beatitude is compared to a banquet that God prepares for all men, in which all the yearnings for happiness that human beings carry in their hearts will be satisfied.

The Apostles often speak to us of this happiness that we hope for. St. Paul teaches that now we see God as in a mirror and under dark images; but then we will see him face to face13 and that the joy and happiness there are indescribable14.

The happiness of eternal life will consist first of all in the direct and immediate vision of God. This vision is not only a most perfect intellectual knowledge, but also communion of life with God, One and Triune. To see God is to encounter Him, to be happy in Him. From the loving contemplation of the Three divine Persons there will follow in us an unlimited joy. All the demands of happiness and love of our poor heart will be fulfilled, without end and without end. "Let us think what Heaven will be like.

 Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath any man thought what things God hath prepared for them that love him. Can you imagine what it will be like to arrive there, to meet God, and to see that beauty, that love that pours itself into our hearts, that satisfies without satiating? I ask myself many times a day: what will it be like when all the beauty, all the goodness, all the infinite wonder of God is poured into this poor earthen vessel that is me, that is all of us? And then I can well explain to myself what the Apostle said: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard...". It is worth it, my children, it is worth it "15.

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