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*The Reality of Heaven, Hell and Purgatory*

*The Reality of Heaven, Hell and Purgatory*

(Sunday 11th August, 2019. Read Wisdom 18:6-9, Psalm 33, Hebrews 11:1-2.8-19 & Luke 12:32-48)

_“Sell your possessions and give alms; provide yourselves with purses that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail where no thief approaches and no moth destroys” *(Luke 12:33).*_

Last Sunday, Jesus refused to intervene in a property dispute of a man who had interrupted Him while He was teaching. Jesus tells us that a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions. It is vanity (mere breath) if we dedicate our whole lives only to the pursuit of earthly riches if we fail to be rich towards God. The rich man whose land yielded much is called a fool because, in his plan to enjoy his riches, he failed to consider the hungry, the sick, the homeless and the poor.

Today’s Gospel passage picks up right here. Having quieted the young man who was only thinking of how to get his share of property, Jesus went on to teach us in concrete terms of the reality of heaven, hell and purgatory as well as what we must do or avoid to make heaven.

*Lesson One: It is Only those Things you Give Away that Belong to You.*

To the young man who had come to Jesus seeking for the secret to eternal life, Jesus responded: “You lack one thing; go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me” (Mark 10:21, Luke 18:22). Today, Jesus is repeating Himself: *“Sell your possessions and give alms; provide yourselves with … a treasure in the heavens”* (Luke 12:33). Kindness rendered to others selflessly is your ticket to the eternal bliss of heaven.

On the last day, Jesus says, the “King will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me” (Matthew 25:34-36).

When last did you give a serious thought about heaven? Now, when last did you think about your account balance? When last did you think of buying a car, getting a parcel of land or going to purchase more goods for your business? Jesus was not lying at all when he said: “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” St. Basil and St. Ambrose would say, if you are looking for a bank (a safe place or a barn) to store your riches, then consider the bellies of the poor, the houses of the orphans and widows, check under the bridge where the homeless stay, look out for those risking their lives to hawk pure water, sweets or biscuits on our busy streets. Dear friends, it is what you give out, (the help you render to others) that speaks on your behalf when you die. These are your true treasures because they can never be stolen or taken away from you.

*Lesson Two: Heaven is the Reward of Righteousness.*

Jesus says to us today: “Let your loins be girded and your lamps burning and be like men who are waiting for their master to return from the marriage feast.” What does this mean? By asking us to gird our loins, Jesus is saying: “zip up.” Flee from immorality, flee from indecent dressing, do not let down your moral guard, do not allow the devil entrance into your mind through unholy pictures, videos, books, conversations and the like. Girding your loins means placing a filter to what you consume through your phone, the internet and the media.

According to St. Gregory Nazianzen “we gird our loins when by continence we control the lusts of the flesh. For the lust of men is in their loins … But because it is a small thing not to do evil, unless also men strive to labour in good works, it is added, ‘and your lamps burning in your hands; for we hold burning lamps in our hands, when by good works we show forth bright examples to our neighbours.” That is to say, it is not enough that we avoid lust and sins of the flesh, by adding that our lamps must be kept burning, Jesus is teaching us that we must also, carry out good works (show good example to those living in darkness).

For St. Gregory of Nyssa, “for the sake then of keeping watch, our Lord advised above that our loins should be girded, and our lamps burning, for light when placed before the eyes drives away sleep. The loins also when tied with a girdle, make the body incapable of sleep. For he who is girt about with chastity, and illuminated by a pure conscience, continues wakeful.” Heaven is for those who are pure in heart, who never relax into sin, persons who place the light of God’s word before their eyes daily.

When Peter asked if this parable is meant for everyone, Jesus added another quality of those who would go to heaven. “Who then is the faithful and wise steward whom the master has set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? As the saying goes, to whom much is given, much is expected. That is to say, if God blesses you, it is so that you would be a blessing to others. Your gifts in life are not meant only for you. On the other hand, the priest is like a steward put in charge of God’s household to feed the people. “Peter, do you love me? … Feed my Lambs”(Cf. John 21:15-17).

*Lesson Three: Different Types of Punishment Indicates the reality of Purgatory.*

In today’s first reading, the book of Wisdom clearly spelt out the reality of heaven and hell when it says: “The deliverance of the righteous and the destruction of their enemies were expected by thy people. For by the same means by which thou didst punish our enemies thou didst call us to thyself and glorify us” (Wisdom 18:7-8). While the blessed are glorified, the wicked are punished. This is exactly what Jesus teaches us in our Gospel passage. The good and faithful servants are called blessed while those who failed to live up to their master’s expectations are punished. Nevertheless, as Jesus notes, there would be different types of punishment.

a. For him who goes about beating the menservants and the maidservants as well as eating and drinking and getting drunk, Jesus says the master of the house will punish him and put him with the unfaithful. Here Jesus shows us that there is such a place reserved for the unfaithful.

b. For the servant who knew his master’s will but did not make ready or act according to his will, he shall receive a severe beating. Note that unlike the first, this particular servant is not transferred to the place of the unfaithful.

c. Jesus then mentions another servant who did not know his master’s will and yet in his ignorance did what deserved a beating. Such servant according to Jesus would be given only a light beating and still unlike the first, this servant does not go to the place of the unfaithful.

*If we are to understand hell as the place of the unfaithful, it simply follows that there is actually a place other than heaven and hell where souls go to receive either severe or light beating. This place is what the church calls purgatory*. As the Catechism puts it: *“Purgatory is the final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned.”* (CCC 1030-1031) This purification is done so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.

*Lesson Four: Faith Makes Everything Come Together.*

Our second reading today may be considered as a hymn of the praises of faith. Behind the great achievements of Abraham, Sarah, Isaac and Jacob was a strong and determined faith; a firm assurance within them of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, without faith, it would be impossible for us to please God as his children. It is true that none of us living has been to heaven to know how the place is, but just like Abraham who did not hesitate to move even when he did not know exactly where God was calling him to, we are called to follow God’s instructions by faith.

Too often we think of faith only in terms of what we stand to receive from God. We are very quick to recite passages such as Mark 11:24 which says: “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” What we do not often realize is that faith also applies to the everyday choices that we make. Every sin we commit is a statement of what we actually believe. Abraham did not disobey when he was asked to sacrifice his son Isaac because even though he loved Isaac, he believed God was capable of providing more sons for him.

The question we must ask ourselves today is: ‘What do my actions say about my faith?’

Let us pray: Almighty ever living God, bring to perfection in our hearts the spirit of adoption as your sons and daughters and we may merit to enter heaven which is the inheritance which you have promised, Amen.

*Happy Sunday. Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Year C. Bible Study: Wisdom 18:6-9, Psalm 33, Hebrews 11:1-2.8-19 & Luke 12:32-48).*

Is Hell Fire The Sun Or In The Sun? Read This Personal View

Is Hell Fire The Sun Or In The Sun? Read This Personal View

The existence of Hell Fire is something we need not to doubt, several places in the Bible tells us about Hell fire. We all as Christians believe there is Heaven and Hell just as there is Earth.

When asked where Heaven is, many points up and we point down when asked where Hell is. We know it’s not so, many authors will also tell us that Heaven is a State and not a Place just like in Purgatory.

But then I searched the internet to find out how hot the Sun is and what I read amazed me even more and I began to be inspired to write this.

From an article online,  At the core of the Sun, gravitational attraction produces immense pressure and temperature, which can reach more than 27 million degrees F (15 million degrees C)

Hinode spacecraft captured this picture of our sun’s chromosphere on Jan. 12, 2007. Credit: JAXA/NASA…this looks like Hell itself

The Sun’s diameter is 864,938 miles (1,391,980 km). This is almost 10 times larger than the planet Jupiter and about 109 times as big as the Earth. The volume of the Sun is 1,299,400 times bigger than the volume of the Earth; about 1,300,000 Earths could fit inside the Sun

The sun is the largest and most massive object in the solar system. It is about 93 million miles from Earth. The Sun’s light and heat takes about eight minutes to reach us

If the heat of the Sun could be so scourging on a sunny day, what would it be like to be a few thousand kilometers from it or inside of it?

No living being we know can be this close or inside of the sun but what about the Soul? The Soul never dies but can only suffer pain from the heat of the Sun suppose the Sun is Hell Fire or is in Hell Fire.

And if Hell Fire is not the Sun nor in the Sun but hotter than the Sun, then it must be a place where we would NEVER want our Souls to be.

The basic thing is that we MUST strive to merit Heaven after our sojourn here on Earth.

But then am still wondering if Hell Fire is the Sun or in the Sun, personal thoughts though.

What do you think?