Daily Gospel Reflection for May 18, 2014

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Today’s Gospel: John 14:1-12

What is heaven? Is it up in the sky? Is it another dimension? What will it be like when we get there? These are questions we cannot know the answers to until we pass from this life.

Jesus, however, does give us some clues, demonstrating that God loves each individual and recognizes the unique worth of each person. He says, “In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places … And I go and prepare a place for you.” For you. A special place. Each of us will have our own special dwelling place in heaven.

Why does God do this for us? After all, simply being in the presence of God should be enough for us. We can stand in that vast communion of saints, praising him in song, shouts and prayer. It should be enough for us to see the Almighty on his throne, looking out to his beloved people.

God is about community. But he is also about the individual. Didn’t Jesus approach each healing as a personal encounter with the individual? Didn’t he caress children, rub mud in the eyes of the blind man and extend his hand to each downtrodden person? Didn’t he allow one lowly woman, his mother, to hold him in her arms and shower him with kisses? Didn’t this one man die in excruciating pain for us on the cross, to save each and every one of us?

Our Lord cares about the masses and within that mass are individuals. And each person has a unique dwelling place prepared for them in heaven.

Ponder:

Why would God go to all that trouble for us?

Pray:

Lord, my hearts swells and fills to overflowing with thanksgiving when I realize the love you have for me that you would set aside such a special place for me. May I set aside the best part of my heart as a dwelling place for you. Amen.

Copyright 2014 Susan Bailey

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Susan Bailey is an writer, speaker and musician. She is the author of River of Grace Creative Passages Through Difficult Times, published by Ave Maria Press, and Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message, part of the Literary Portals to Prayer series published by ACTA Publications. Along with her own blogs Be As One and Louisa May Alcott is My Passion), Susan frequently contributes to CatholicMom.com and the Association of Catholic Women Bloggers. She has also contributed to Catholic.net and Catholic Online. Susan writes articles and a monthly column known as Be as One for the Diocese of Worcester newspaper, The Catholic Free Press. Bailey, who works as a marketing/advertising assistant for a local real estate firm, is an associate member of the Commission for Women of the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts, where previously she served as chair and secretary, helping to organize the biennial “Gather Us In” women’s conference, one of the first major Catholic women’s conferences in the country. As part of her duties she wrote the monthly column for The Catholic Free Press known as “Concerning Women” and appeared on CatholicTV’s “This is the Day” to promote the conference. A professional musician and graphic artist, Bailey released four CDs, performed on EWTN, CatholicTV and World Youth Day 2002, and worked as a cantor in her parish of St. Luke the Evangelist for fifteen years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education (with concentrations in US History and Music) from Bridgewater State University. She and her husband, Rich, have two grown children and live in North Grafton, Massachusetts. Susan invites you to join her email list where you will receive updates on exciting professional developments and speaking engagements. Email subscribers also receive special giveaways and previews of new projects. Susan loves a good conversation and looks forward to corresponding with you! Join here.

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