Daily Mass Reflections - 5/8
“...but I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go.”
In today’s Gospel (John 16:5-11), one can’t help but wonder if the Apostles were beginning to harbor feelings of abandonment. Jesus once again speaks to them of his departure and the subsequent arrival of this mysterious “Advocate”, the Holy Spirit, who when he comes will “convict the world in regard to sin and righteousness and condemnation.”
But Jesus’ Ascension into Heaven is by no means an act of abandonment. By ascending into Heaven, Jesus opens the door for the Holy Spirit, thus completing the Holy Trinity, the belief that binds our entire Catholic Faith.
We must also remember that Jesus’ Ascension creates in us a longing for Him to come back. Jesus will in fact return in the same way as he was seen going to heaven as we are told in Acts 1:11.
This is our guarantee, that there will come a day when sin, sorrow, heartbreak, pain and even death will be no more. That Jesus will keep watch over us until that day of great joy and exultation by way of the Advocate and through the Father.
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