8 May, 2020

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?

~ John 14:2 ~

In the Gospel, Jesus is talking about his departure, and the disciples are understandably worried. So Jesus tries to reassure them and tells them about his Father’s House. The last time we heard Jesus talking about his Father’s House, he was in the Temple and rather angry that it was being made into a marketplace. But now we hear a calmer Jesus say “Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms.”

 

The Jews believed the Temple was the place where heaven and earth would meet. But Jesus is hinting at a new city, a new world, a new ‘house’. Heaven and earth will meet again, he promises, when God renews the whole world. And at that time there will be room for everyone.

 

This promise reassures the disciples that, though he’s going away, it will be for their benefit. He won’t forget them. He won’t abandon them. But his promise of salvation reaches out, beyond the disciples on that dark spring evening, and embraces all of us.

 

Jesus says: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”. At first, this might seem restrictive. But we must remember that He offers those who believe in him this unique access to the Father by sharing with them the truth and the life of a loving Father desiring to know each one of us. And whether we like it or not, God will find a way into our hearts.

 

Loving Father, thank you for welcoming me into your house.

Thank you, too, to your Son, for having gone ahead of me to prepare a room for me.

Because He said so, I believe and I am sure that my place is waiting.

Let me then never lose hope or forget the love you have for me.

Help me, I ask, to love you as I should.

Help me to live the way, to love your truth, and to live the life you have given me to the full, for I rejoice that you love me and desire me.

 

Amen

 

Catholic Parliamentary

Liaison Office

Jesuit Institute
South Africa

Reflection prepared by

Fr Matthew Charlesworth SJ

Fr Matthew Charlesworth SJ entered the Society of Jesus in 2005 and underwent the usual course of studies in his formation, which took him to such varied places as Canada, France, Ireland, Kenya, Spain, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, the United States, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Whilst working at the Institute, Matthew managed the background technical aspects of much of the Institute's work and was involved in the Spirituality work, completing the Advanced Spiritual Directors Training Course and the Spiritual Exercises Training run by the Institute. He is a member of Spiritual Directors International and was also a part-time lecturer in Sacred Scripture at St Augustine College of South Africa. He is currently the Director of Communications for the Jesuits in Southern Africa, based in Lusaka, Zambia.

m.charlesworth@jesuitinstitute.org.za @mcharlesworth
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