John 17: 1 – 11
“And eternal life is this: to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”
Eternal life, the beatific vision, or heaven is to know God and Jesus Christ. This is the mission of Jesus Christ: to bring God closer to us and to give us the opportunity of meeting God. This is the goal of all human life: to know God. In knowing God, we get to meet and to know ourselves, our real selves. It is in knowing God that we discover that we are more than we can ever dream of becoming. It is in knowing God that we realize that there is nothing in this world that is greater than what is within us. It is in knowing God that we discover that nothing has the power of stealing our joy and our peace. It is in knowing God that we recognize that we are stronger than our deepest fears and problems. It is in knowing God that we find our place and our mission in the world. In knowing God we know ourselves.
This realization and knowledge is eternal life. This is the dream of God for us. We are more, we are more, we are more than we can ever possibly dream of becoming. Jesus came to show us exactly this. May the Spirit that lives in Jesus live in us and may He give us the grace to know God and to find ourselves in God. Come O holy Spirit Come!