IN MY FATHERS HOUSE
In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. (Jn. 14:2).
It is a known fact that the earth with all its seeming beauty is not our true home. Death is an inevitable reality but it still isnt an end in itself. One day, we shall shed this mortal body of ours and our soul shall leave earth to face immortality in heaven or in hell. But Christ tells us in the Gospel, He is preparing a place for us in heaven.
The real question then is: Are we prepared for that place?
Sometimes, we could become ignorant of how to navigate in our journey from earth to eternity. We tend to focus on the here and now at the detriment of the eternal. We commit most part of our life towards dominating the world (our career, our social circle, our relationship and our financial life). Many times we get carried away in the rat race of life without even pausing to ask ourselves:
Where am I heading? or better yet Where is life leading me?
The problem most times is that we live our lives forgetting that we shall someday return to the righteous judge. The one who shall judge every man and woman according to his or her works. (See Romans 2:6). He shall gather His wheat (that is, righteous ones) into the barn, but the chaff (that is, sinners) He will cast into unquenchable fire. (See Matthew. 13:30)
The Fathers mansion is the real treasure our only assurance in the life hereafter. Hence, it should be our major focus in life. (See Colossians 3:1-4) So, it will be unwise not to live for it. As Christ warns us in Marks gospel For what profit is there for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his or her life? (Mark 8:36). We must constantly check our lives to be sure we are not losing our souls to the vanities of life.
It is not the will of God that anyone should perish, Christ came into the world to show us the way to the Father and to die for our sins so that we may have eternal life. (John 3:16).
How then do we make ourselves fit for this prepared mansion?
- Christ – The Way to the Father: As Christ’s followers, Jesus calls us daily to deny ourselves, take up our crosses and follow Him. By following in His footsteps, we are certain to walk through the narrow gate that leads to eternal life. (Mtt. 16:24; 7:14).
Beloved, the cross may look rough and it may seem like a symbol of suffering to many. But for us Christians, it is a symbol of compassion and sacrificial love (John. 3:16), intercession, mercy, forgiveness and redemption (Luke. 23:34, John. 19:30), submission to God’s will (Luke. 23:47), and commendation of one another into each others care and that of our Blessed Mother Mary (John. 19:26-27).
- Christ – The Truth: As Christ talked about His imminent death, doubts filled the hearts of His Apostles. “They were troubled.” (John. 14:1a). “We hope this Man is not playing games with us?” Hence, the reason behind His transfiguration and His appearances to His Disciples/Apostles after His resurrection and Ascension.
Strengthened by the power of the Holy Spirit and fuelled by the Truth, the Apostles witnessed to the Good News. And they were glad to suffer humiliation on account of Christ. (See Acts 5:41).
Beloved, are you willing to deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Christ? Remember Whoever tries to save his or her life will lose it, but whoever loses his or her life for My sake, will save it (Luke 17:33).
- Christ – The Life: “…the one who endures to the end will be saved.” (Matt. 24:13) “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in Me, even though they die, will live.” (Jn. 11:25) So don’t abandon your cross. “Trust in God still, and trust in Me.” (Jn. 14:1b) Remember, victory awaits you at Calvary.
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.
O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.