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Pope in Santa Marta: Heaven won't be boring, it's an encounter with Jesus


On the last Friday in April, Pope Francis explained that some Christians are unable to understand exactly what Heaven is. 

POPE FRANCIS
“There we begin to be unsure in our response. We don’t know well how to explain what heaven is. And some think: ‘But won’t it be boring there for all eternity?’ No! That is not heaven. We are on the path toward an encounter: the final meeting with Jesus. Heaven is the encounter with Jesus.”

Pope Francis proposed that Christians have more faith in Jesus. He said one way to do that is to repeat daily, “He is faithful and the Lord is praying for me.” 

EXTRACTS OF PAPAL HOMILY
(Source: Vatican News)
“We, too, are in movement along the path. When asked where we are heading, we say, ‘Toward heaven!’ ‘So what’s heaven?’ some ask. There we begin to be unsure in our response. We don’t know how best to explain heaven. Often we picture an abstract and distant heaven… And some think: ‘But won’t it be boring there for all eternity?’ No! That is not heaven. We are on the path towards an encounter: the final meeting with Jesus. Heaven is the encounter with Jesus.”

“Each of us must say: ‘Jesus is praying for me, working to prepare me a place.’ He is faithful. He does so because he has promised it. Heaven will be this encounter, this meeting with the Lord who went ahead to prepare a place for each of us. This increases our faith.”

“May the Lord give us the awareness of walking along a path with this promise. May the Lord give us the grace to look upwards toward heaven and think: ‘The Lord is praying for me’.”