Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Where is your destination?

Last Monday we went to the house of an Extra-Ordinary Minister who just died to attend Mass for his soul. During the Homily our Parish Priest said, “Death is also a celebration of birth, it is also a time to rejoice.” At first I wasn’t able to reconcile what he said. How can death be a cause of celebration of birth? As he was elaborating on his homily it became clearer that indeed death is a celebration of birth. For when we die we are also born to the next life which is everlasting.

The church has taught us that there’s: Heaven, Purgatory and Hell. Heaven is the destiny of those who lived their lives worthy in God’s eyes. Purgatory are for those souls who needs further purification from the sins that they have committed it can be found in the bible in 2 Maccabees 12:46. Unless they are purified they would not be worthy in God’s presence. The church teaches that such individuals can be helped by our prayers. Hell is reserve for individuals who live unworthy lives.

Is there really Heaven? Yes there is, in the Bible it is quoted in Luke 23:43, Revelations 2:7 there are a lot more Bible verses that states the reality of heaven. Can there be heaven while we are still living here on earth? Yes, for so long as we are close to God and we follow all of his commands we will be able to taste heaven here on earth.

Is there really Hell? Of course there is, it is also quoted in Luke 16:23-28 and in other passages in the bible. Is there Hell on earth? Yes!

Eventually we will die, this is an inescapable truth, we will have to leave this material world whether we like it or not.

Where is your destination?