Acts 16: 22 – 34
Psalm 138
John 16: 5 – 11
Jesus had just told the disciples many distressing things, not only about his betrayal and
execution, but also about the world’s hatred of him and of them. It as a lot of him and of them. It
was a lot of misery to absorb, and Jesus knew that their hearts were focused on all the troubling
news he had given them.
Today Jesus is preparing his disciples for his “leave-taking.” As the time for Jesus’ ascension and
the coming of the Holy Spirit draws near, Jesus begins to prepare his disciples for his leave-
taking. Today’s Gospel begins in the middle of the conversation that Jesus was having with his
disciples. He tells his followers that he is going to the “One who sent Him.”
Jesus knew that his disciples were struggling with the reality of having to let him go. They had
been with him for a long time and they depended on him. What would they do without Jesus?
They had left their homes and families to follow Him! The thought of Jesus no longer being with
them was more than they could grasp or imagine. Jesus quickly reassures them. True, he will no
longer be with them, however, he promises never to leave them alone. He tells them that he will
send the Advocate to them. Jesus tells them that it will be better for them if he does leave them. If
he stays with them, the Spirit will not come to them.
Imagine what the disciples were thinking and feeling as Jesus talked about leaving them. They
had been with him for three years. They had left their families and homes to follow Him. He was
their leader and their teacher. The disciples simply could not imagine their lives without Jesus. If
He was no longer with them, what would they do?
Ask yourself: what would you do if Jesus was not in your life? Would you miss Him? Or would
you even notice his absence? What would you lose if Jesus was not present to you? Seriously,
how would his absence affect you? It can become easy to take Jesus’ presence to us for granted.
Ask yourself: how would your life and my life be different if Jesus was not present with us?
Would we even notice his absence? Yet he promises to always be with us!
Today may we thank Jesus for his faithful love and presence in our lives! It is so easy to take this
great gift for granted. May we have open eyes and hearts for the coming of Jesus into our lives
today. Be awake and alert! He will come! More accurately: he is already with us!
God bless. Have a blessed day