November 28, 2014
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The former heaven and the former earth had passed away… (Revelations 21:1)
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. (Luke 21:33)
The words from Luke’s Gospel, “Heaven and earth will pass away,” left me scratching my head. I could make some sense of earth passing away, but what did it mean that heaven will pass away?
I got some help from today’s first reading from Revelation. It is the former heaven and earth that will pass away, and a new heaven and earth that will emerge.
Heaven is beyond human comprehension. Our immature understanding, our naive perception of heaven, will pass away. It will only be known to us when we experience the pure joy of eternal life, just as Jesus promised (“my words will not pass away”).