Christian life is a time to prepare to enjoy heaven: pope

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Christian life is about allowing Jesus and the Holy Spirit to prepare each person to truly see and enjoy the beauty of eternal life, Pope Francis said in a morning Mass homily.

Some may say, “‘But, Father, I see well. I don’t need glasses.’ But that’s a different type of vision,” he said April 26. “Think about those who suffer from cataracts and need an operation. They see, but after the procedure, what do they say? ‘I never thought I could see like this.'”

In the same way, Pope Francis said, people’s eyes “need to be prepared to see the marvelous face of Jesus” and their hearts need to be prepared “to love, to love more.”

Members of the Vatican police and fire department, staff from the Vatican labor office and employees from the Vatican printing press joined the pope for the Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where the pope lives. In his homily, Pope Francis focused on the Gospel reading from the 14th chapter of John, in which Jesus tells the disciples he is about to die, but he will go to heaven and prepare a place for them.

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