While preparing for Mass on any given weekend, I can be found whistling “Jerusalem my destiny” or complaining to our music ministry how we don’t play it enough. After countless hours listening to it on repeat it finally really hit me during this pandemic. The chorus of the song says “Though I cannot see the end for me, I cannot turn away. We have set our hearts for the way; this journey is our destiny. Let no one walk alone. The journey makes us one.”
In John 14:3, Jesus says “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” I love this line, it gives me a lot of hope for living. Jesus, our Lord has prepared a place for us and he will take us there. This place, also known as the new Jerusalem, is all of our destiny. We don’t know when Jesus will come back for us and when this will end but I cannot turn away, it’s a light at the end of the tunnel that we work to reach. Through the sacraments, prayer, and works of mercy, we open our hearts to allow Jesus in so he prepares them for this journey.
We are all here to fulfill our destiny of returning home to the father. To be in our place prepared for us. Just as this Sunday we will celebrate Jesus entering Jerusalem, the last leg of his journey to fulfill his destiny, so do we prepare our hearts to continue on our journey to our Jerusalem.
The uncertainty of these times and our health can deter us from our destiny and this journey, even if we don’t know it. The author of Revelation leaves us with this account “And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” (Revelation 21:2)
Keep the faith, love endlessly, remember this desert experience, this journey is bringing us closer as brothers and sisters and we need to lift each other up if we fall off the path.