“Peter said to him, ‘Lord, why cannot I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.’ Jesus answered, ‘Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, the cock will not crow, till you have denied me three times. Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?” (Jn 13: 37 – 14: 2)
How consoling, and unexpected, is the turn in our Lord’s speech here. Regardless of the break in the division of chapters in the Gospel of John (chapters 13 and 14), Jesus begins what He says here with a prediction of Peter’s denial, but then immediately turns to consolation: “Let not your hearts be troubled… In my Father’s house there are many rooms…”
Indeed He has plenty of “rooms” in His “house” for all of us, with our various journeys, including our lapses – like Peter’s denial. Our Redeemer knows about these before we fall into them, and yet He goes “to prepare a place” for us. “If it were not so,” He says to me today, “would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?” Indeed He “goes” also today, on this Friday, as we once again remember His passion, and lays down His life for us “while we were still sinners” (Rom 5: 8). So let not our hearts be troubled, and “believe in God” throughout our ups and downs. In His house there are many rooms, for each and every one of us.