Citizenship in heaven

St. Paul tells us that our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20). This doesn’t mean that this life in unimportant. On the contrary, this life is a preparation and preview of the life to come. In some ways we set our own future by the choices we make now.

If we show little concern for where our life choices are leading us, or if our attitude is that little really matters, then we won’t be bringing our “A” game to the rest of our life. The call to be a citizen of heaven is a call to live out our belief that we are all one in Christ and to try to live out that call in everything that we do.

In the cathedral in Los Angeles there is a series of tapestries on the walls depicting 136 saints, 12 of whom are unknown. These 12 are meant to represent all of us still in this earthly life. The images also suggest that there is a great communion of saints uniting all peoples of all times, living and dead.

It is comforting to know that we too are destined for eternal life with the great company of saints. Let us be strengthened by this knowledge and live our life accordingly. The Lord does not disappoint.

“The Lord will change our lowly body to conform with his glorified Body by the power that enables him also to bring all things into subjection to himself.” (Philippians 3:1)

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