“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.’”Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’”Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” – John 14:1-5
This Sunday’s Gospel reading will sound familiar to those of you who have gone to more than your share of funerals in recent years and does indeed speak to the depth of our hearts in times of grief. However, outside of the funeral context, the early verses of John 14 speak of Christ’s constant abiding presence in our homes and in our hearts.