There Are Many Rooms In My Father’s House
In the Gospel reading this week, we see first a comforting, nurturing Jesus. He is helping the disciples come to grips with the idea that He will soon depart from them. They are greatly unsettled and are not sure what it means, or what they should do. Jesus says “There are many rooms in my Father’s house; if there were not, I should have told you. I am going now to prepare a place for you, and after I have gone and prepared you a place, I shall return to take you with me.” How beautiful it is to know that Jesus will come back for us, and lead us back to the Father, in order to spend eternity together. As I mentioned earlier, Jesus is comforting the apostles because of their uncertainty at starting a new life. We often have similar experiences in our own lives when we venture into the unknown; we see many examples of it. For instance maybe we have just come to a life of faith and we desperately want to share our faith, but are unsure how to do it. Perhaps it’s new job, and new challenges that we will face. With Mother’s Day on our minds, I can’t help think about all the moms that have gently comforted their son or daughter on their first day of school, which for the child can be full of uncertainty. However, for the disciples Jesus is there to help and comfort them. He is present to all of us as well, as we begin our new journeys.
The Gospel also presents Jesus as the way, truth, and the life, and as the guide for our lives. Jesus provides us with absolute truth for which our lives should be centered. We enter into a deep relationship with Jesus and all our actions and attitudes are guided by his hand. Similar to last week’s reading about the good shepherd, we follow Jesus because we know His voice, and He leads us personally one by one.
I would also like to wish all the moms who are reading this the happiest of Mother’s Days. You are a gift beyond measure to all our lives.
God bless you all
Deacon Dan MacDonald