Eternal Presence

Eternal Presence!

Feast Of St’s. Michael, Gabriel,and
Rafael, archangels

Daniel 7: 9-10

Revelation 12:7-12

John 1:47-51


    A question that a minister is asked often is “What is heaven like?” I have friends who often mark the anniversary of a friend’s death, with the words, “I am thinking about you, wherever you are?” And there are friends who believe that at death we simply are no more.

    Many think of final judgment day and of a  fiery hell.

    One of my seminary professors describes the last judgment as a “great therapeutic session where we are brought  together with God,  and hash out our differences.” This is my concept of the final judgment.

    Fr. Henri Nouwen also describes my understanding of the  concept of eternal life, where we are living in the Kingdom now, and the way we live determines our attitude towards life:

The In-Dwelling of God Here and Now

Eternal life. Where is it? When is it? For a long time, I have thought about eternal life as life after all my birthdays have run out. For most of my years, I have spoken about eternal life as the “afterlife,” as “life after death.” But the older I become, the less interest my “afterlife” holds for me. Worrying not only about tomorrow, next year, and the next decade, but even about the next life, seems a false preoccupation. Wondering how things will be for me after I die seems, for the most part, a distraction. When my clear goal is the eternal life, that life must be reachable right now, where I am, because eternal life is life in and with God, and God is where I am here and now.

The great mystery of the spiritual life—the life in God—is that we don’t have to wait for it as something that will happen later. Jesus says: “Dwell in me as I dwell in you.” It is this divine in-dwelling that is eternal life. It is the active presence of God at the center of my living—the movement of God’s Spirit within us—that gives us eternal life.
Fr. River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min., D.S.T.
P.O. Box 642656
San Francisco, CA 94164
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