During the Christmas season we have been reading from the first epistle of St. John. The Beloved Disciples tells us: I write these things to you so that you may know that you have eternal life. Our focus is not on this world only but on the heavenly realm of life on the other side of death. We have car insurance, we have health insurance, we even have life insurance so that when the inevitable happens we will be able to cope with it. St. John wants us to know we also have eternal life insurance, or perhaps better eternal life assurance, as people of faith. We see a bigger, eternal picture when we go through the many troubles and worries of this life.