This weekend’s gospel tries to prepare the ambience for the Ascension and Pentecost. When Jesus leaves the apostles, the first thought that comes to them is that they will be alone. For that reason he tries to anticipate that by assuring them that he will not abandon them. He will not leave them orphans.
The Promise of the Holy Spirit is the way Jesus is telling his disciples that even when he leaves them, they will be in the company of the Holy Spirit. God does not abandon his sons and daughters.
Sometimes we might experience some difficulties in life, and we feel that God has abandoned us. We need to remember his promise: Even if my father and mother abandon me, the LORD will take care of me. (Ps 27:10).
Here is the key to understanding today’s Gospel and also our life.
Sometimes, what we see and what we feel is not the whole thing or not the total reality. Because of the promise of Jesus, we know he will be with us always, and sometimes the new way of presence is better than the last one. Take the example of the apostles. After the resurrection, they lived in the company of Christ, but it is only after the Ascension that they start to understand fully the message of salvation and have the courage to preach it to the end of the world.
No one is alone. One could feel alone, but our feelings do not always reflect reality, and the reality is that He, Jesus, will not leave us orphans…
Jesus is present in the world and in our life, but we have to recognize that He is here. It is the experience of finding God and discovering that He is by our side always that changes our lives. And the reason He is with us is the amazing love He has for us, because love unites and love makes all unions stronger.
Remember that even when we have difficulties, God is with us: For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rm 8 38-39).