Moses and the Israelites were on a journey to the promised land, just as we are journeying toward our heavenly paradise. But along the way, they lost sight of the ultimate destination. Jesus reminds the Jews in the gospel that because they are grounded here on earth, this will be the end of the journey for them.
One more thing: Following Jesus means to finally join Him one day in heaven. Keeping our kids focused on that end goal is our job. There are so many earthly distractions, it's easy to forget there is more to our lives than ipods and texting. As a reminder, try having your kids describe heaven or make a picture of what they think it looks like.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your Son to lead me home to You in paradise. Shield me and my family from the distractions of this world, and keep us focused on joining you one day in heaven. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.