A Gospel according to John 16:5-11
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Now I am going to the one who sent me,
and not one of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’
But because I told you this, grief has filled your hearts.
But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go.
For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you.
But if I go, I will send him to you.
And when he comes he will convict the world
in regard to sin and righteousness and condemnation:
sin, because they do not believe in me;
righteousness, because I am going to the Father
and you will no longer see me;
condemnation, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.”
REFLECTION: "But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go.
For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you."
Through these weeks we have walked with Jesus after His resurrection.
He has affirmed the Apostles, and reassured us of His true Divinity.
In today's Gospel He is letting the Apostles know He has to return to the Father. But instead of sorrow, we must rejoice . The Holy Spirit will descend upon the earth and set the world on fire with His love.
Still, the Apostles felt sad because they felt they would be losing their master once again.
In a similar way, preparing for the upcoming death of a loved one is the hardest thing. Letting go of a loved one is the hardest thing to do.
Jesus reassures us, and the Apostles, that they will not be left as orphans once He is gone. Our Advocate is coming. They don't quite understand the meaning of His words, but soon, on Pentecost, they will find out.
We will celebrate Jesus' ascension into heaven in a couple of days. Let us prepare for the Paraclete's coming by praying the Dekaena to the Holy Spirit starting this Ascension Thursday.
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