Once I was having a row with my dad about God and life after death! “How do we know what happens, nobody ever came back to tell us” he said with a beaming smile of victory!

“Jesus came back” I replied and the room went silent!

Sometimes we can go to mass and recite the prayers and not even think of what we are saying. Personally I find the apostles creed a very powerful prayer and especially the end part

8.I believe in the Holy Ghost:

9. I believe in the holy catholic church: the communion of saints:

10. The forgiveness of sins:

1l. The resurrection of the body:

12. And the life everlasting. Amen.

We say this at every mass but do we really let it into our hearts. Everlasting life is the most daunting reality it you think about it and makes the bit of time we spend down here seem like a joke!

And yet the quality of our everlasting life after death depends on how we spend this short life here.

When we think of things like this we can’t but put our lives into perspective and ask ourselves a few basic questions such as:

What am I doing with my life?

If I died today where would I go?

How do I get on the right track?

The good news is that God is on our side! He wants us to have a good eternity with him and this is why He has provided us with a spiritual hospital on earth to help us in the form of the Church!

In the Church and through prayer we learn who God is and how He sees each one of us.

We learn that He is a loving merciful God who desires to bring our lives into order and to heal our wounds.

We learn that He has given us spiritual remedies to our wayward hearts in the form of the sacraments and that He is always willing to forgive us and to help us change our lives!

We learn that He wants our good, that His plans for our lives will truly fulfill us and will bring us to heaven with him.

We also learn that we are weak and that it is hard. We learn that there is an enemy to our souls called Satan who does not wish us to reflect on such things as death or eternity!

We learn that Satan desires us to focus exclusively on the pleasures and successes of this life and not give the next life a passing thought!

We learn that ‘everybody will go to heaven’ without any great effort from the father of lies!

But going back to my poor old dad’s comment that “nobody ever came back to tell us”. Well they did and this is what Jesus said

Then He said to them all, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.’ Luke 9:23.

And 2000 years of saints have shown us that the road to heaven is one of prayer, purpose and sacrifice as we cooperate with God in the purification process for our spiritual souls!

And so today let’s reflect on “the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting”.

Are we taking it seriously?

Are we a good example to those around us to take it seriously?

And if not, God is mercy, it’s never too late to start a new chapter of your life and put Jesus at the centre!

Have a holy day!

Mike