Jesus spent most of his years on earth working as a carpenter, from about age 12 until age 30 when he began his public ministry. We can imagine him learning carpentry skills from St. Joseph and going to various homes and towns for building projects. Perhaps that is reason he tells us in today’s gospel that there are many dwelling places in the Father’s house and a place is prepared for each of us.
At the heart of this imagery is God’s desire to be at home with us and for us to be at home with God. The experience of dwelling and remaining with God is central to John’s gospel. The Risen Christ is the channel for this kind of living. Christ is “the way and the truth and the life.” What a grace for us to benefit from God’s way of wanting to be so intimately involved with our lives and we with God’s life. This is part of our Easter joy.
Even during this pandemic time, how do you experience being “at home” with God?