"The heavens show forth the glory of God,
and the firmament declares the work of his hands."(Ps 19:2)

The Psalmist saw the starry sky at night and its vast sweep and is awed by its majesty and splendor. God who created them is glorious. The glory we see in creatures is an embodied glory emanating from their being as order, goodness, beauty, truth, and son on. The saints are often depicted with a halo around their heads and with good reason. The Face of Moses became radiant when God spoke to him on Mt. Sinai. Christ's became resplendent like the sun on Mt. Tabor. Now the saints participate in the glory of the risen Christ reflecting God vision in their lives beyond our imagining.

According to Moltmann, heaven is the sphere of God's creative potentialities but not yet the Kingdom of Glory. The Kingdom of glory embraces a "new heaven" and a "new earth", the resurrection of the body and the indwelling of the Triune God in his whole creation. 46

By his Resurrection, Christ as the God-Man, became the King of Glory and he established the beginning of a "new heaven" and a "new earth".

The King of Glory

Ref: The King of Glory comes, the nation rejoices;
Open the gates before him, lift up your voices.

1. Who is the king of glory, how shall we call him?
He is Emmnuel the promised of ages. Ref.
2. He conquered sin and death; he truly has risen,
And he will share with us his heavenly vision. Ref.

But St. Paul said, "Then comes the end,
when he hands over his kingdom to his God and Father...."
(I Cor 15:24)

Does this mean that at the end Christ is no longer King of Glory? Christ is still Lord and King but now "The Son will simply let God rule in his divinized humanity which embraces within it the Church and through the Church the entire universe." 47 There is often a dispute as to whether heaven is a place or a state of life. It may be more of a state of existence before the resurrection but certainly, at the consummation, the whole cosmos becomes the dwelling place of the elect.

The Kingdom of Glory will be immediately vast as the seer of the Revelation points out, "After this I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands." (Rv 7:9) Here we may extend our vision to include nations, peoples and tongues from other planetary systems from the far reaches of the Cosmos unknown to us. In the words of Isaiah, "His dominion is vast and forever peaceful. From David's throne, and over his kingdom, which he confirms and sustains by judgment and justice, both now and forever." (Is 9:6)

What will be the characteristics of the Kingdom of Glory?

The Kingdom of God is not eternal because "Eternity is the simultaneous and complete possession of infinite life" which is none other than God. The Kingdom of Glory, since it is the transfigured creation, will continue to unfold without end but will never be eternal in the sense that God is eternal.

Contemplation of the Divine, or the "face to face vision" will now bring immense happiness to us. St. Augustine says that with the resurrection of the body we will see God's presence at work everywhere even in material things because vision is fundamentally a power of the soul. Even today, the eye receives an image but it is "I" who sees.

Every fiber of our being will be ravished by God's beauty thus bursting out with the praise of God, "Blessed are they that dwell in thy house, O Lord: they shall praise thee for ever and ever." (Ps 84:5)

Today we transform matter by our thoughts, actions and technological means which are external. Our transfigured nature in the likeness of Christ will have the ability to penetrate matter and to mold it by our presence and activity in it.

In this world we travel to meet other persons, to see other places or to do some work. I presume that the same reasons will prevail in glory but today we travel slowly despite airplanes and space travel. Travel in heaven will be at the speed of thought due to the harmonious relation of our body and soul.

Today the most immediate way we communicate is face to face. Communication becomes more remote as we use writing, telephone, television and interactive computers. In glory we will encounter Christ, Mary, Angels and Saints by a thought provoking presence and language transliteration unknown to us today. (e.g. Apostles at Pentecost spoke in Aramaic to people of Jerusalem and everyone one understood in his or her own language).