Reflection from Fr. Taylor: May 14, 2017, 5th Sunday of Easter

Acts 6:1-7   1Peter 2:4-9   John 14:1-12

Today’s Gospel from Saint John is one of the most consoling reflections in all of the New Testament. During this selection Jesus tells us that He really knows how difficult it is facing both the challenges in life and the gravity of life.

This Gospel takes place near Holy Thursday, the Last  Supper. As Jesus grows closer to His Passion and death He knows the troubling situation among His followers, especially His Disciples. Instead of focusing on the cross that He will endure, Jesus is there to show compassion and concern for those who are following Him.

All of us can relate to a home and a place to live. The Lord reminds us that there is a place for each one of us if we really want to be there, and He will return to take us home. The Disciples want to believe this, but their faith and trust is weak, ours as well. Often we use this Gospel at Funeral Masses as a consolation to the family that all is not lost and that there is a better place.

While we continue to struggle in this world to make this world a better place, we also know that it is not our final home. So we do what we can to build the kingdom knowing that when our task is done we have a place, Eternal Life with Him. This Easter Season provides us with so many opportunities of being welcoming and seeing others who need a place of rest and comfort. This can often take place in our surroundings, our church, and in our homes. This is what Jesus is asking.

 

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