(John 14:1-12) Of all the images of heaven, the one presented in today’s Gospel – as a home – is definitely my favourite. Humanly speaking, we want to know what heaven will be like – how it will look and what to expect. It’s hard to wrap your head around some of the abstract ideas that we often hear, or to imagine how it will feel to be “in the presence of God,” as wonderful as that may sound. But everyone, regardless of age, intellect, or the culture in which they live, can understand what it means to be part of a family in a home.
For those who’ve been blessed to grow up in warm, loving homes, heaven sounds in some respects like an extension of what they’ve had in this life, just with a much larger family! Yet for others, those whose reality is very different and haven’t experienced such warmth and acceptance, heaven is a place to be loved and cherished for all eternity. What could be more comforting and inviting than the thought of going to a heavenly home when our earthly days are over? We often describe death in this way, as “going home.” Doesn’t sound so scary or daunting. And since that home belongs to God, could it be anything other than beautiful and perfect in every way?
As adopted members of God’s family, we can be assured that Jesus has prepared a place for us – a room in His Father’s house. What’s more, there’s room for everyone! “In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?” (Jn 14:2). When Jesus tells this to His disciples, He is also speaking to each of us. So how do we get there? Jesus is the way – the key to unlocking the door of the house. He has given us with all that we need to reach our destination and promises to personally take us there at the appointed time. All we need to do is stay close to the Lord and be confident that if He’s leading the way, there’s no chance of getting lost.
– Kelley Holy