The Church is now gearing up for the coming big events in the coming Sundays, the Ascension of the Lord and the Pentecost. In the Gospel, Jesus is encouraging His disciples that despite leaving them, He will not abandon them. Instead, He will be sending them the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, through whom the disciples will continue to live in union with Jesus.
The disciples are assured that while Jesus physical presence amongst them is temporary, the gift of the Holy Spirit is something permanent and eternal. Jesus will leave to return to the Father, but the Holy Spirit will remain with the disciples. Through this gift, they will come to know and appreciate the oneness of the Father and the Son. They will also be inspired to seek unity with Jesus. Thus,
“On that day you will realize that I am in my Father and you are in me and I in you” (Jn. 14:20).
What a beautiful message Jesus is telling His followers, that they too will be blessed with the Holy Spirit’s abiding presence. While the Lord assures the community of disciples that the Spirit will remain with them, in contrast, the unbelieving world will remain in darkness. This assurance comes in handy as in our pilgrimage, there will be moments of despair and sorrow and it is refreshing to know that the Holy Spirit will be there. The unbelieving world cannot accept the “Spirit of truth,” without which God’s revelation and love be known.
“Whoever loves me will keep my word, says the Lord, and my Father will love him and we will come to him.” (Jn. 14: 23)