Readings for Today were taken from the Office of the Dead, as the homily was for a Dominican Feast, All Deceased Dominicans.
Just what is heaven? What does it mean to live forever? Is heaven an extended family reunion? An existence that is just a little bit better than our life here on earth? Or is it in fact something more? If it is not really that much different, why would anyone want to live forever? Life is pretty difficult. The Buddhists believe that life is suffering, and many times it seems that way. But is this really all that heaven is, something just a little better? Fortunately, the bible gives us plenty of clues that heaven is much more. Saint Paul tells us heaven, and what it is, has not even entered into our hearts. It is beyond anything we can understand. But it is absolute fulfillment. So pray for the dead. And open your heart to Jesus.