Do not let your heart be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.
At this time of isolation, when we have to think twice about our association with other people and not making unnecessary trips and shopping, it makes us think how precious our homes are. To those people who have to spend two weeks in a hotel or isolation of some sort who are desperate to get HOME it seems like an eternity. To the people who are HOME, who desperately long to see their loved ones it also seems like an eternity. We are constantly reminded on TV about the homes of so called “stars” and how we should dress everything up to look modern etc. ad nauseum. We all know the old adage “THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME”, but how wonderful to think when we go to the next world we will all feel safe in His beautiful home, which He assures us has room for everyone who believes. We have all known elderly and Godly relatives who tell us "they can’t wait to go home", to meet their God and Saviour.
In this Gospel, Jesus is preparing His disciples for His impending death and the separation that will ensue. He uses images of home to reassure them of His care and provision. How can we be troubled when He has made such a wonderful provision for us?
God of mercy and grace, we thank you for the cloud of witnesses that have gone before us who demonstrate to us the revelation of your love for your children through the centuries. Help us to be witnesses to your love for all humankind and remind us that in all the ups and downs of life, you are ever present and that you are all we need until we meet you face to face and come to dwell with you and all your saints forever. AMEN