It has always bugged me that there is a notion of a hierarchy in Heaven. It started out when Christianity was new and we were still trying to get out legs under us, about 1700 years ago. It started with the idea of the choirs of angels. The Seraphim were closest to God and therefore the most important. It went out like that through the nine choirs of Angels, out to the lowly Rulers, Archangels and regular Angels who have to deal with people. That doesn’t sit right with me. It seems to me that Angels are Angels. God asks them to do different things according to their gifts. Therefore, they are all different but equal.
God asks us to do things, each according to His gifts but He does not predetermine that one person is better than another. There is no hierarchy in His Love. We are all different and we are all forgiven. We are all loved.
You can’t be loved more or loved less. It is just love. Happiness is or it isn’t. Heaven having a hierarchy is like saying you are sorta pregnant. Either you are pregnant or your not. Either your forgiven and in Heaven or you aren’t. I do not believe that the saints are in a special place in Heaven. I do not believe that Mary is the Queen of Heaven. I believe, that being one with God, which is what Heaven is, is all there is. Pure Love, pure bliss.
There is no hierarchy because if there were then that is saying that we got there by merit not by grace. A hierarchy in Heaven means that some are forgiven all of their sins and some not so much. I do not believe in a hierarchy in the afterlife, not in Heaven and not in Hell.
Men like to put themselves above others. God does not.
“For the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who was the master of a household, who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. When he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. He went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace. To them he said, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise. About the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle. He said to them, ‘Why do you stand here all day idle?’
“They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’
“He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and you will receive whatever is right.’ When evening had come, the lord of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning from the last to the first.’
“When those who were hired at about the eleventh hour came, they each received a denarius. When the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise each received a denarius. When they received it, they murmured against the master of the household, saying, ‘These last have spent one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat!’
“But he answered one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Didn’t you agree with me for a denarius? Take that which is yours, and go your way. It is my desire to give to this last just as much as to you. Isn’t it lawful for me to do what I want to with what I own? Or is your eye evil, because I am good?’ Matthew 20:1 – 15
Peace be with you.