Forrest Gump said, “Life is like a box of chocolates.” But I think life is like an Oreo cookie. The bottom cookie is the world as we know it. The top cookie is heaven. They do not exist apart, but are held together by the sweet stuff in the middle, which is made of goodness, truth and beauty. These exist in both the world and in heaven, and together are what joins the two. The beauty in the world is not the Beauty of heaven, but reflects it; the goodness in the world is not the Goodness of heaven, but gives us a taste of it. The truth in the world is not the Truth of heaven, but aspires to it. The more accurate the reflection, taste and aspiration, the more complete the unity of heaven and earth.
We like our Oreos double-stuffed. We always want more goodness, more beauty, more truth, because these things are a sweetness to our souls. We experience partial satisfaction by finding and appreciating them in the world around us, and as Christians, we are also charged to generate them. How can we possibly do this? Only through God’s gifts of faith, hope and love. Faith, here in the world, leads us to the Truth. Hope, here in the world, leads us to Beauty. And love, here in the world, leads us to all Goodness.