Messianic promises and hope for eternal life. Family Thought November 30

Vincent concluded his explanations.  At the end of this month with a focus on loss, suffering, death, life after death, and eternal reward the explanation of Daniel’s vision of the beasts led the Church to an understanding of Jesus as the Son of Man, and the Ancient of Days as his Father whose kingdom will be everlasting.   The powerful little horn on the 4th beast was the current king Antiochus IV who had desecrated the sanctuary of the temple but was overcome by Judas Maccabeus and his armies.   This can be identified with evil, or Satan, who was given power for a time.   Daniel 7.  This powerful vision has been taken as a message of hope, throughout the Christian era, although it would not have been understood in that sense by the people in 2nd century BC.   The Church has accepted these apocalyptic writings and interpreted them for us as also referring to the Messiah.   As is clear from these biblical stories history repeated itself and still does.  How many lessons can be learned from these accounts for the issues facing us and our families today?

Pope Francis:  The better we live on this earth, the greater the happiness we will be able to share with our loved ones in heaven.   The more we are able to mature and develop in this world, the more gifts will we be able to bring to the heavenly banquet.  AL258.    One way of maintaining fellowship with our loved ones is to pray for them.  The Bible tells us that to pray for the dead is holy and pious.   Our prayer for them is capable not only of helping them, but also of making their intercession for us effective.   AL 257. 

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