Letter from Father Richard
The gospel today is the one I use most at funerals. “I am going to prepare a place for you….” So that where I am you may be too.”
In the first instance this has nothing to do with our physical death. Jesus is going to open the gates of heaven for us; He is going to reconcile us to the Father. There will no longer be enmity between God and man.
And after He has prepared that place He will return to take us with Him. Very much in the same way as He accompanied the disciples on their way to Emmaus. If we invite Him into our lives He will break bread with us and strengthen us for the journey, the pilgrimage from here to the sacred place of heaven.
Yes, Jesus is alive, He is risen from the dead. Let Him be your fellow traveller, your friend and companion on your way.