As the church begins to get ready for Ascension Thursday, we begin reading the "farewell discourse" of Jesus. This is the great speech he made to them on Holy Thursday night at the last supper. In it he makes various promises which more than any other words in scripture show his tender compassion and care. Today he tells us why he is leaving: "I am going to prepare a place for you." There is a spot in heaven just for me! St Therese of Lisieux compares heaven to a garden where every little flower and every huge tree has a place and each are needed to make the garden complete. Somewhere in God's garden there is an exact spot where he wants us to shine. And Jesus is tilling the ground and keeping the weeds from growing where we are meant to be. This shows how much God is involved in our lives. Every detail of our existence, in this world and the next, is catered for.
Thank you Jesus!