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Reflection on John 14:2-3 (from May 22 Homily)

May 28, 2011

In Jesus’ time, families usually lived in clusters of buildings called insulas. These clusters were built around a central courtyard. Grandparents, cousins, uncles, and aunts all lived and interacted together in the insula.

As sons married, they added to the insula. After asking a young woman to marry him, the son would return to his village and build new rooms onto his father’s home. The son, anxious to be married, waited for the day when his father declared that the building was complete. Then he could finally marry his bride and bring her to their new home.

This is the background to Jesus’ words, “In my Father’s house are many rooms. I am going there to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2-3). This word-picture presented Jesus as a bridegroom, preparing new rooms for us in the insula of heaven.

(Source: http://www.followtherabbi.com/Brix?pageID=2094)

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