Reading: Luke 15: 3-10
Today’s passage paints a fun image of heaven in my mind. From the Bible we do not gain a crystal clear picture of what heaven will be like. We do gain an idea about some aspects of heaven, but much is a mystery. But we can imagine!
In the parables of the lost sheep and the lost coin there is much rejoicing in heaven when one sinner repents. This image for me wondering. If the heavens rejoice when one lost soul is found, do the heavens also rejoice over each occurrence of love in Christ’s name?
We are called to grow in our fsith, to love others as Jesus Christ first loved us, and to spread the good news to all people. Do each of these activities draw the interest of heaven as well? In my mind I picture groups of angels watching over our daily lives. As an opportunity to be Jesus’ hands and feet approaches us, do the angels slide up to the edge of their seats, quietly saying something like “Come on now”? Is there a collective groan when we miss the opportunity or choose to let it slide by? Is there a raucous cheer raised when we stop and love the one in need?
Does the same scene unfold each time we choose to sit down with our Bible instead of turning on the TV or hitting the snooze button? Does the same scenario unfold each time we make the choice to do the right thing instead of the easy thing? There must be much rejoicing in heaven each time the light of Christ is shined forth into the world. Today may we give the angels in heaven many opportunities to raise a holy cheer!