MY PLACE FOR YOU
The Church is the communion of saints.
This has been brought to my attention recently by four events that occurred in the last two months .
The first three events were that three of my friends died.
The spouses that were left behind could ask the question, “Lord, why did this have to happen,” or “Why did this have to happen now?”
The fourth event may help us. First, a little background. Often, at Holy Mass, when we are praising God at the Holy, Holy, Holy, I think of all the angels and saints that are praising God at the same time in heaven. But this time was even more special. I had a strong sense of my mom praying the Holy, Holy, Holy with us. This may seem even more remarkable because my mom died 38 years ago. I had never had this strong sense before.
See, I look at the question of “Why did someone have to die?” in light of my experience of Jesus Christ and the death of my mom and dad. (My dad died 50 years ago this month.) The Infinite God is so far above me, yet, at the same time, He is so near to me. He is far above me and very, very close to me at the same time. But He knows what He is doing with me. “For I know well the plans I have in mind for you… plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope.” (Jer 29:11)
God’s plan for my mom and my dad has already been accomplished. God has a plan for you and me, also. He is working it out right now. He has gone to prepare a place for us. “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.” (Jn 14:3)
All we need to do is trust. Come Lord Jesus!
Deacon Mark Clancy