2021-04-04Easter SundayRev. Msgr. Michael J. Motta, D.Min.

When I was in high school, the teacher in my religion class tried to explain heaven. When he did so, I was not impressed. In fact I thought that I might be bored in heaven for all eternity

When I celebrate a funeral, I try to assure people that their loved one is or will go to heaven. Yet, I know that heaven is more than I can describe.

How does one get to heaven? Jesus tells us to love God with our whole heart, mind and soul and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. Simple enough! However, many people do not obey those 2 simple commandments.

God loves you very much. Do you love God as well? How do you celebrate your love for God? How about your neighbor? Do you do everything you can for your neighbor, especially those who are less fortunate than you are?

How do you strive to be happy in this world? Many of us go down the wrong road. We call that sin. But God still loves you. God wants you to be happy with Him in heaven. Heaven is where you will find ultimate happiness. Every wish that you have will be fulfilled. No more aging, no more aches and pains, no more suffering and no more arguments. You will live with others in complete harmony.

Take advantage of every opportunity that you have here on earth to grow closer to God. Celebrate the sacraments devoutly. Recognize the fact that when you receive Holy Communion you are consuming God Himself. God becomes a part of you. Look for opportunities to find God in others especially in people that you dislike.

If you live this way, you will go to heaven.

That is what the celebration of Easter is all about. Alleluia!

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