Homily by Deacon Harry Evans

In our limited understanding, we often give earthly qualities to things of a divine nature…. We see angels as beautiful creatures with halos and wings. At funerals, preachers describe Heaven having pearly gates and streets of gold. And in art God is depicted with human qualities of strength and power.

Today Jesus says he goes to prepare a place for us…what will this place be like? Do we see it as walking on the clouds meeting and greeting old friends and family?  Grand mansions or a fine hotel with many rooms like the Greenbrier?

The book of Revelation Chapter 21 attempts to describe heaven in human terms. A new Jerusalem and a new earth coming down from heaven… And Paul proclaims to the Corinthians that “eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, what God has prepared for those who love him”

It’s difficult for us not to think in terms of space and time because we live in a physical world, but when pondering eternity, we are surely limited in our ability to fully comprehend the mystery… and knowing this we must come to trust God in his promises.

So, like Thomas we also ask the question…How can WE know the way? We can know the way by developing a relationship with Jesus… Not just to know about Jesus but to see Jesus and be Jesus in the world around us.

We come to know him in our prayers…when we hear that still small voice in the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

We come to know him in the word…our study of Scripture and the wisdom and insights it offers to form our lives and our relationships.

And we come to know him in the Mass where we participate in his sacrifice and receive his body and blood in which we not only come to know him but become him for others.

And now, we are on our way…the way of truth and life…to experience a bit of heaven on earth and to bring Jesus to those we meet.