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One of the great joys of Christianity and the communion of saints, though often overlooked, is the knowledge that in Heaven we will meet not only our loved ones who accepted Christ’s mercy but also the disciples of God whose stories became testaments in the Holy Bible. How much nearer those stories become if we consider that the souls therein have become of our own community, brothers and sisters in Christ.
Every prophet and apostle, every father or mother in the holy line between Abraham and Mary, every person who Jesus miraculously cleansed of affliction or freed of demonic torment — they have become my eternal family. One day, be it an hour or a thousand years after my passage through death to the world of life, I will meet them face-to-face in the perfect joy and understanding of God’s unfiltered grace. They will become friends with whom I can share the Lord’s endless wonders.
Let us listen also to the stories of the people we know here and now, and consider their witness in a similar context. Our stories too are testaments to the Lord’s goodness and grace. Let us unite all generations as one story in anticipation of the one family for which we were made.
Sacred scripture is not about a distant time. It is about all times and all peoples. We will recall its chapters, those already written and those lived today, with newfound friends through all of eternity.Published in