Friday in the 4th week of Easter
Saint for the day:Bl. Michael Giedroyc (d. 1485)
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Have faith in me!”
Today’s Gospel is one of my favorites and is the one that I choose and used at the funerals of both my father and my mother. Especially the phrase, “in my father’s house there are many mansions.”
Jesus tells his disciples “I go to prepare a place for you” and we might immediately think of Jesus as the way and heaven as a place. My favorite, all-time saying of St. Catherine of Siena, "It's Heaven all the way to Heaven" might also be, "It's Jesus all the way to Jesus."
The saying, “familiarity breeds contempt” could apply to many of the scripture readings that we hear in this Eastertide. We have to be careful not to let these words fly over our heads with a “ho, hum, I’ve heard that before,” attitude.
The way is not a road but a person and the place is not a location but a relationship. Jesus the person draws us into a relationship that “where I am there you, also, may be.” So, too, when Jesus says, “I am the truth” we can put our trust that what He has said He will bring to be.
There is so much that we simply do not know and we all have the tendency to hold on to and lock down our own weak concepts so let us today let these familiar words take on the fullest meaning possible and trust that God will ultimately bring us into the reality of what these words mean. Of course, by the time we can say, “Oh! Now I see!” we will be way beyond that kind of assurance and at a place that is within the being of God. Amen!
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