Sunday, 5/14/17 – I Will Come Back Again and Take You to Myself

Jesus Will Come For Us at DeathJesus said to his disciples in today’s gospel:

“Do not let your hearts be troubled.  You have faith in God; have faith also in me.  In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.  If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be.”

These words are so beautiful!  How can we think of any of the other scripture verses in the readings for mass today?  They so completely dominate your heart.

Can you feel Christ’s kindness, his gentleness and his compassion in these words?  They are Living Words.  Words of love, and life.

Jesus knows that we are all afraid to die.  Death is the great unknown.  Some people are so petrified of dying that they avoid the subject at all costs, or refuse to come to a dying person’s bedside, because they just can not face and accept, death.  But, it is an honor and a privilege to be with another person during the last days or hours of their life.  Love makes the transition into the next life.  Only love lives on.  During the last hours of our life, our possessions, our career, our education or lack of education, and our accomplishments will not matter.  Who is gathered around our bedside, and those who we loved during our lives will be the only thing that matters.  Love brought us into this world and what a beautiful thing it is, when love accompanies us to the end of our life’s journey.

When death comes for us though, we do not need to fear it.  So many of our brothers and sisters in Christ have passed this way before us.  If they can do it, we can too.  And that is the point Jesus is making in today’s gospel.  He went before his disciples.  Jesus passed through death first and prepared for their arrival.  When it was time, he said he would come back for them.

He told his disciples, “I will come back again and take you to myself.”  How much more beautiful could any words be that we have ever read in the scriptures?  “I will take you to myself.”  Perhaps Jesus will be waiting for us too, to go into his arms after we die. He will take us to himself too, because he loves us just as much as his disciples of long ago.

There are many dwelling places in his Father’s house …  perhaps our new home is already being prepared for us too.  Maybe by our family and friends, those we have loved during our lives?  It’s speculation, that’s true, but those we have loved are already there with Jesus, in our Father’s house.

It doesn’t sound like heaven is a “one size fits all” either.  What a joy it will be to see it one day.  A present as yet unwrapped.

When we die, we will not go through this alone.  Our family and friends are with us during our lives, and they may be there to greet us on the other side, but our church family will also be there too.  Actually, we will never be alone once we become part of God’s family, and Christ’s brother or sister.  This is the beauty of our faith.  We travel this journey together, through it all.

Jesus said, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Do you truly believe this?  Do you hear the voice of truth in Jesus’s words in the gospel today?  They are Living Words.  Jesus is the doorway into eternal life.  We do not pass this way alone though.  Our brothers and sisters in Christ have gone before us … and love will draw us home.

 

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Welcome to A Catholic Moment! My name is Laura Kazlas and I'm the creator and founder of A Catholic Moment. Catholics read a lot of different things on the internet these days, but this website is a place for Catholics to read, reflect, and discuss the daily readings for Mass. Our website is run entirely by a group of volunteer writers who have a genuine love for the scriptures that we have for Mass each day. I was personally raised by atheists, but came to believe in God and was baptized because of the words in sacred scripture. I later became a Catholic because of the Mass. The first time my husband took me to Mass, I thought it was the most holy, beautiful sense of worshiping God that I had ever experienced. I still do. My husband John and I have been married for 30 years. We have a son, a daughter, two granddaughters, and a cat. I currently serve as the coordinator of Catholic prison ministry in the Archdiocese of Portland Oregon, in the USA.

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10 Comments

  1. Thanks for founding this site. It is very helpful to me. I appreciate all the time and energy that you volunteers put into it.
    Bob

  2. Laura, nice read. Yes many people don’t want to think or talk about death. As I grow older, things of this world (like sports) are not as important. I tell people I know, I don’t think on my death bed I’ll be saying “geese I wished I would have watched football in my life time”.
    Happy Mother’s day to all you mothers out there.

  3. Thank you! Beautiful reflection! I am going to a nursing home now to bring the Eucharist and read the daily scriptures and give a reflection. This is perfect and so comforting! Thank you!

  4. Happy Mothers Day Laura, and to all the moms, past and present, and Mary, the mother of God. May we all be blessed with God’s grace and guidance, and rejoice in Jesus name.

  5. Happy Mother’s Day to every mom out there! Motherhood is a blessing! And thank you, Laura, for this great read. It made me think about my dad who passed away 6 months ago. I miss him so much… but I just know Jesus has taken my dad to himself. Laura, I loved the way you focused on Jesus beautiful words. So much love! Oh yes, I hope He takes all of us to Himself. In the meantime, let’s focus on what really matters… let’s focus on loving Him and loving one another. God bless!

  6. Thank you for this wonderful site. The Lord guided me to it on Good Friday in answer to my Lenten prayers to know and love him more. I had gotten away from doing the daily readings and promised this Lent to spend quiet time each day with the Lord. You and your volunteer writers are amazing. God bless you, all.

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