EVERYONE HAS A “PLACE”
“’Let not your heart(s) be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms/dwelling-places (μοναὶ πολλαί); if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you (ὅτι πορεύομαι ἑτοιμάσαι τόπον ὑμῖν;)? And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way where I am going.’ Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me…’” (Jn 14: 1-6)
In Christ, nobody is excluded. He prepares a “place” for all of us, even the misfits. This is because in Him, all of humanity is taken on and redeemed, regardless of social status, marital status, gender, race, nationality, and so on. He is the one “Way,” but there are many “ways” of living in Him, according to our various, even untraditional, vocations. And by “untraditional vocations” I mean those that don’t seem to have a “place” in our inherited social structure; like being female and single beyond a certain age, or being divorced, or a single parent, or compelled to work on weekends and not being able to make it to church.
So today, if we find ourselves “not fitting” in any box and asking, with Thomas, “How can we know the way?” – let’s be reminded of the Lord’s life-giving, life-affirming words, to all of us without exception: “Let not your hearts be troubled… I go and prepare a place for you… I am the way…” O Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, please be my Way this sunny morning. Amen!