The first time I was away from home for a long time was when I left for the seminary only about three hours by bus away. I knew I would come home only once a year for a month's vacation and maybe a week at Christmas.
The first several months I felt very homesick. I even found myself making a sketch of the rooms in the house and thinking of happy times with my mom and dad and my siblings. I missed my home terribly for a couple of years until I eventually got used to it.
When I became a family man the daily yearning to come home after work was always there. I realized that home is where your loved ones are. Home is where your treasures are.
When I first went on a cruise with my wife, I realized my own experiences of missing and longing for home were far easier to bear than those of the crew members on the cruise ship. They were there to serve the guests as a means of providing for their families living halfway around the globe, missing them for years at a time.
Much more so are the overseas foreign workers working in middle eastern countries as construction workers, nurses, and caregivers. There is one compelling reason they have in common: to provide for their families at home, which is an alternative to low income that makes it impossible to give a good future to their families, especially their children. This goal is attained at the cost of much homesickness, and lots of sacrifices including, for many, ill-treatment from their employers. Some even come back home to their families in caskets.
It looks like most everyone is focused on home. Home is the driving force of everyone's efforts, hopes, and dreams, more accurately, for the people who reside at home.
Going home is a universal yearning. For home is where your treasure is. Home is where your heart is. Home is where you love and are loved.
At a certain point in time, God sent His Divine Son to earth bring us home where He dwells. All our longings for an earthly home only reflect a yearning for something that is more lasting and most fulfilling -- a home where there is pure happiness that is unending.
However, even here, the Lord has deigned to stay in a home where He dwells day and night -- in a tabernacle in church. There He is truly and sacramentally present. A red light burns continuously to tell us that He is home and that He is waiting there for a visit from us.
"I left the light on for you, so you know I am home."
That is a poignant reminder, even an appeal, from the Lord of the Universe Who humbled Himself to come to us in such palpable form, that He longs to be with us in His home. However, it is unfortunate that few make such visits in the dimly lit sanctuaries around the world where He stays alone.
As people grow older and feel they are nearing the end of their earthly journey, they become more aware that sometime someday they will lose tneir temporal home, and finally be home . . . an eternal home. Hopefully it will be a reunion of those who have been with us in this our present home.#
In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. (John 14:2-3)