Today's Gospel reading begins with perhaps the most well known passage of Scripture - John 3:16. In the first reading from Acts 5, we read the story of a miraculous prison break, which included a message from the angel of the Lord.
"The angel of the Lord opened the doors of the prison, led them out, and said, 'Go and take your place in the temple area, and tell the people everything about this life.'"
What exactly did that mean, "this life"? Was he talking about the temporal world, life in the flesh? Did he mean the new life in Christ in which the Apostles now lived? Was he referring to life in the Kingdom of Heaven? I believe it meant all of the above. Why? Because they are all interconnected. If we're living life in Christ while here in the world, we're bringing forth the Kingdom of Heaven. Remember, what we do in "this life" will affect "this life" to come.
Father, help us to always recognize that we are in the world, but that our true destiny is with you. May we live this life with the next life always in mind. Amen.