Our Father's House
Everyone has had that daydream about the future with a family, a big house out in the country, with lots of land and a white picket fence. Where does this vision come from?It comes from our natural desire of longing for joy, for happiness. However, this white picket fence will not fulfill that desire, that desperate longing for belonging, love, happiness. This desire can only be fulfilled through oneness with God. We cannot know this until we are fully with God, in heaven. However, there are ways we can work towards finding this oneness with God, including attending mass and receiving the Eucharist, daily prayer and devotion time and most importantly silence, time for discernment and hearing God's will.
Today's Gospel states:'"Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. 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? And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way 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; no one comes to the Father, but by me' (John 14:1-6).
Jesus says that there are many rooms in the Father's house, as if there is a room set up with every single person's name on the door, already prepared. It may take some time to get there, and make their way home, but God is calling everyone home. Jesus tells us that the way to get there, to this happiness with God, is through him. If we follow Jesus' teachings and do everything out of love, then we will get closer to our Father's house.
Today's prayer comes from 'sharing the journey' a prayer for God to show us His ways:
Father in Heaven,
Thank you for the promise and hope of Your word. Thank you that You can be counted on to guide me through my day. Today I need to walk in the hope that only You can give. My way is unclear, my path sometimes feels like it twists and turns in confusing and busy ways as I wind my way along my journey.
Show me Your ways, Lord. Show me how You would walk in these places. Teach me Your paths of grace and mercy and integrity and love. Help me to grasp Your ways so I can walk securely in them even in insecure places. I need Your perspective today.
Guide me in Your truth, Lord. With out Your Word active in my heart and mind I cannot know Your truth. Help me to make time to read my Bible. Help me to take time to think on it and let it penetrate my heart. Lord, Your Word will guide me as a beacon and a light. I need Your word to guide me. Forgive me when I have left it on the shelf or have simply grabbed a verse and run off for the day, quickly forgetting what I read.
Thank you that You promise to guide me and teach me as I let Your truth impact my heart and my mind.
Oh Lord, You are my Savior, my rescuer and my redeemer. You alone are the One who restores and renews my spirit and brings meaning to my life. You bless me. May my heart overflow with thanksgiving to You for Your hand in my life.
I will put my hope in you today, all day long. Remind me by Your Holy Spirit to look to You to guide me. Call me into Your quiet presence to think on Your truths and may I not be distracted. This is the oxygen of my soul. Thank you that You give the hope and help and peace I need today. Thank you that You never cease to call me to Yourself. Help me to respond afresh to Your presence in my life.
In Jesus’ strong name I pray, amen.