One image of purgatory that was presented during my time in the seminary has stuck in my mind due to its vibrant, fearful image. In it, Mary is pictured with a scapular fishing souls out of purgatory, which is depicted as a sea of fire tormenting those occupying it. Needless to say, such an image wouldn't inspire anyone to want to go there.
While no one wants to go there, purgatory remains a truth that we can't escape. Popularly speaking, God is often viewed as too good to permit anyone to go to hell, let alone purgatory. This thought is only partially true, though.
Aquí hay algo más grande que Salomón ... Hay algo más grande que Jonás."
Esto no es solamente algo que dice Jesús en Lucas 11, en una de las lecturas de esta semana, sino también un tema del Nuevo Testamento. Jesús es más grande que Juan el Bautista (Jn 1; 26-28). Él es más grande que Moisés (Hb 3; 3-6). Él es más importante que el Sabbath (Mc 2; 27-28). Él es más importante que el Templo (Mt 12;6).
El hecho que Jesús sea "más grande que" todo esto tiene implicaciones acerca de cómo pensamos acerca del cielo.
There is something greater than Solomon here ... there is something greater than Jonah here."
This isn't only something Jesus says in Luke 11, which we read this week, it's also a theme of the New Testament. Jesus is greater than John the Baptist (John 1:26-28). He's greater than Moses (Hebrews 3:3-6). He's greater than the Sabbath (Mark 2: 27-28). He's greater than the Temple (Matthew 12:6).
The fact that Jesus is "greater than" all of these has implications for how we think of heaven.
What we now see, we will not always see. What we now possess, we will not always possess. All of these things will be passed on to others, because the Father is calling us away from these things unto Himself.
Therefore Isaiah tells us, "Seek the Lord while He may be found, call Him while He is near." We didn't come into this world because we planned to. The Father has called us into this world to reveal His glory in the created universe, as well as to reveal the new life of grace He shares with us through His Son Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.