Short Thoughts 05 14 17
Today’s gospel is often read at funerals. I believe that it is chosen because it is a gospel of hope and trust. At the passing of a loved one from this life to the next, there is an air of uncertainty. The gospel reading conveys a sense of comfort for the mourners in attendance that their loved one is not only in a better place, but also fulfilled in eternal life. We know with a certain hope that each of us has a prepared place in eternal life. Hope… because we do not fully understand what to expect, but certainty… in that Jesus has promised it. We trust in Christ Jesus since He has not only paved the way but will also accompany us that journey to our everlasting home. But the reading is not just for funerals as it reminds us that Jesus gives direction and meaning today and everyday.