There is an old saying: "It's always fun to go, but it's good to come home." We have all experienced that at some time, that feeling of coming home to where all is familiar, where we can relax, or where there is family, friends, or both, and where we know people who care about us. While I was gone these past few weeks, I thought about home, what makes us long for that place called home.
Jesus said of himself, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head." (Matthew 8:20). Then in Mark, Jesus tells a man healed of many demons, "Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you." (5:19). When I returned home, I realized that "home" is wherever God is. Home is God. Home is being with people who share faith in Jesus, and home is where we, too, can share what the Lord has done for us. I realized that the longing we feel is a gift from the Holy Spirit to bring us "home" to God. Even Jesus must have felt that longing. We know Paul did. So whenever I feel that loneliness, that longing for home, I will thank God for that spot in my heart. For as St. Augustine once said, "Our hearts are restless until they rest in You." I will also thank God for the friends God has shared with me, as well as the mission to "Go and tell."
For those going on trips or vacations this summer, be well. We will be here at "home," waiting for your return. It's good to be home!