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Where Is Heaven?

There appeared in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit that shrieked: 'What do you want of us, Jesus of Nazareth?'
Mark 1:21-28

Sermon Topic Heaven

Sermon Week Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 1:24


In a story called "The Fugitive" by the famous Indian writer Tagore, a father returns home from the funeral rites. His boy of seven is standing at the window with eyes wide open and a golden amulet hanging from his neck. The boy is full of thoughts, too difficult for his age. His father takes him in his arms and the boy asks him, "Where is mother?" The father answers, "In heaven," pointing to the sky. The boy raises his eyes to the sky and long gazes in silence. His bewildered mind sends out into the night the question, "Where is heaven?" No answer comes and the stars seem like the burning tears of that ignorant darkness.

In the fourteenth chapter of John, apparently the disciples of Jesus have asked the same question. Jesus replies, saying that in His Father's house there are many mansions, or more accurately, "resting places." Jesus adds, "And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way where I am going" (Jn.14:3-4). Immediately, Thomas and Philip protest. "How can we know the way?" Thomas asks. "Lord, show us the Father and we shall be satisfied," Philip demands. Jesus says, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you do not know Me, Philip. He who has seen Me has seen the Father: How can you say, 'Show me the Father?' Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me?" (Jn.14:5, 8-10).

What was Jesus trying to get Thomas and Philip to think about? They had been with Him through His ministry. What is it He had talked about that would help them understand? "Where is heaven? ... Where is this place? ... What is it like?" What Jesus had always talked about was, of course, God. He talked about God being the "one thing needful." He talked to the rich young man about disposing of all his possessions because they were getting in the way [...]

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