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St. Paul of the Cross

Romans 5:12, 15, 17-21
Psalm 40:7-10, 17
Luke 12:35-38

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"It will go well with those servants whom the master finds wide-awake on his return." —Luke 12:37

The future of those who have given their lives to Jesus is fantastic. "Despite the increase of sin, grace has far surpassed it" (Rm 5:20). God's grace will be greater and greater as we draw closer to the world's end.

At the world's end, Jesus will come back. We who are ready for Him will see Him face to face (1 Cor 13:12). Jesus, God Himself, the second Person of the Trinity, will even put on an apron, seat us at table, and proceed to wait on us (Lk 12:37).

With Jesus as our Waiter, we will celebrate eternally "the wedding feast of the Lamb" (Rv 19:9). "Thenceforth we shall be with the Lord unceasingly" (1 Thes 4:17). "God will wipe every tear" from our eyes (Rv 7:17). There will be no more dying or crying, suffering or pain, injustice or oppression, hatred or war. We will live forever in perfect happiness and peace.

This is the future of those who love the Lord with all their hearts. Consequently, we can say with Paul: "I consider the sufferings of the present to be as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed in us" (Rm 8:18). We have "a future full of hope" (Jer 29:11). Rejoice! Alleluia!

Prayer:  Father, may I repeatedly smile and laugh when I think of my future.

Promise:  "Just as through one man's disobedience all became sinners, so through one Man's obedience all shall become just." —Rm 5:19

Praise:  St. Paul of the Cross saw his future in a vision. Then he worked and prayed until it came to pass.

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our tape Am I Going to Heaven? on audio AV 54-3 or video V-54.)

Rescript:  †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 3, 2009

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