2018-45 Eternal life

What Awaits Us After Death?

Oct 19, 2018 Fr Marcin Węcławski

The dates of our births are well-known, and registered in the bureaus of vital statistics – at some point the dates of our deaths will become known, and will also be entered into the records.

God, our Father who knows everything, already knows the hour of our deaths. Psalm 90 says: “For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday come and gone,” (Psalm 90:4), and “The days of our life are seventy years, or perhaps eighty, if we are strong” (Psalm 90:10).

God’s Judgment

God’s Judgment is the light of God’s love, since God is love. After death God’s justice awaits us, but it is different from human justice. God’s justice is filled with mercy. We will see our entire lives through God’s eyes – all we did that was good and all we did that was bad. We will know God’s love completely. If we knew it completely now, we would be so overwhelmed that we would no longer be able to live on earth in the flesh. The Lord Jesus says: “And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God” (John 3:19-21).

The Prize of Heaven

Jesus says: “In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places… I go to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:2) The Lord Jesus has prepared a place in heaven for every person; his own individual place, that no one else can occupy. In heaven there is full unity with the Holy Trinity, with the God of love: the Father, the Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. There is unity with Mary, the Mother of God, with the saints and with all people who are in heaven. There is a never-ending reward for each, even the very least, good deed that had been done during one’s earthly life. At the end of time our bodies will also have a role to play in the joy of heaven. Through Christ, we, too, will rise, body and soul, from the dead. We will be like Mary, the Mother of God, having our body and soul in heaven.

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