All have a strong appetite for heaven. Every human heart thirsts for eternal life. The very thirst for eternity is an added proof for the existence of eternal life. But Christians have strong faith in life after death. In fact, eternal life to a Christian does not begin with death, it begins with this faith. Therefore, no one ever repents of being a Christian on their deathbed. As one of the strongest Old Testament witnesses to resurrection after death, we hear the sons of a Jewish mother, telling their persecutors, “The King of the world will raise us up to live again forever” (2 Mac 7:9). We hear St. Paul blessing the Thessalonians saying, “May God our Father who in his mercy gave us eternal consolation and hope, console your hearts” (2Thess 2:16-17). We hear Jesus quoting those very scriptures which the Jewish group which challenged him used as an argument to deny any life after death, to affirm that “the dead do rise to life” (Lk 20:35). Therefore, to us believers, death is God’s delightful way of giving life. Is our faith in life after death deep enough to sustain us in our sufferings, and strong enough to carry us through our pilgrim life on earth?
Fr. Albeen Vatti