“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be. Where I am going you know the way.” Thomas said to him, “Master, 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 except through me.” John 14.1-6
Our glorified Lord returned to the Father to prepare a place for us and this is made clear in the Preface of today’s liturgy in which we pray that Christ ascended, not to distance himself from our lowly state, but that we, his members, might be confident of following where he, our Head and Founder, has gone before. What could this mean to us two millennia later?
Before Christ ascended to the Father he entrusted the great mission to his apostles which is a mission in which we participate by virtue of our baptism and initiation into the Church. We preach Christ with our lives, we profess him and know of our nothingness without him. He is the Head of the Church and where the head has gone the body must follow. As members of his body, remain faithful and do not be afraid. Cling to the promise of Christ who will remain with us even to the end of time! He will not leave us orphans …
We are challenged by the Word and nourished by the Eucharist, so that our glorified lives may be worthy of heaven where Christ has gone to prepare a place for us. Christ is preparing Heaven for us. Where Christ is there is heaven. And where is Christ? Here in our midst and most supremely at the celebration of the Eucharist!