Reflection for Monday 2nd May 2022

The Rev’d Roger Elks

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When you are rushing to get somewhere, I wonder if you worry that when you get there there will be room for you? Maybe it’s a cinema or a theatre or any event. Maybe rushing to church because it’s going to be so full! Will your pew be taken? There is stress sometimes isn’t there? What’s going to happen when we get there? Well, Jesus wants to reassure his disciples about where he is going and where he is going to call them to go, which is heaven. So let me read this to you, John. 14, beginning at verse one.

I preached on this passage at my uncle’s funeral to much laughter and merriment because Uncle Fred was a painter and decorator. And when I was talking about many rooms, we were wondering whether he would get any rest in heaven. What’s your image of Jesus’ father’s house with many rooms or many mansions; some huge hotel with lots and lots of rooms, or some big stately home like Downton Abbey. What do you picture?

Well, you know, the detail isn’t so important, is it? How God going is to do this isn’t important. It’s the fact that there is a place prepared for us. Jesus is preparing a place for you and for me. And when we know that our place is reserved for us, then we find the peace that Jesus promised a little later on in the passage, “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you.”

The world needs peace because it’s striving for so much. And our troubled hearts need to find that peace which can only be found in Jesus Christ. When we think about what is happening in Ukraine and closer to home. What we really need are people who are at peace because they know where they are and they know where they’re going. And those people of peace, you and me, can start to bring peace in the world. So how do we find it? We find it by accepting the peace which Jesus gives. And we find the way to that peace and a way to that place in Jesus. Jesus. The way the truth and the life.

Thank you, Jesus. That you have gone to prepare a place for us. Help us to relax, to know that you have done that work. And in that peace that we find, may we share it with others? Amen.

Almighty Father,

who in your great mercy gladdened the disciples

with the sight of the risen Lord:

give us such knowledge of his presence with us,

that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life

and serve you continually in righteousness and truth;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen