Fifth Sunday of Easter ‘a’
It is always a privilege to be invited to someone’s home for lunch or dinner. It is quite different to be invited to a restaurant than to their home. Because if you are invited to a home, that means that the person who invited you trusts you, invites you to his or her safe place, a comfort zone, and so wants you to be part of her or his life. In a similar way, you would not invite a random person or a stranger to your home, not until you got to know that person, gained some trust and liked them. See, today Jesus invites us to His and His Father’s home. He said: “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.” We have God who does not treat us like strangers but like His trusted friends. He loves us so much that He offers us a place in His home.