I am going away, and I will come back to you
Readings: 1st: Acts 14:19-28; Ps: 145; Gos: Jn 14: 27-31
This brief reflection was written by Rev. Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a Member of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost Fathers and Brothers (Spiritans). He is currently working with the Spiritan International Group of Puerto Rico & Dominican Republic. He is the Administrator of Parroquia La Resurrección del Senor, Canovanas and the Chancellor of the Diocesis of Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto Rico. For more details and comments contact him on: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today is Tuesday of the fifth week of Easter. We continue to read from the Gospel according to John. Today, Jesus delivered a very direct message.
During his discussion with his disciple, Christ has been trying to let them know that very soon he will leave them. However, he has never been more direct and plain with his words, more than he was today.
As usual, he began by comforting and assuring them that, there was nothing to be afraid of: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you…do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”
He did what every compassionate and reasonable person will do when trying to deliver a parting message. That is, find a better and comforting way to deliver a message that may make one sad.
He has spoken to them in parables. He has spoken to them through real events of time. All, were efforts to help them come to terms with the news that, he was going to leave them.
It was time to deliver the message directly, and he did: “I am going away, and I will come back to you.” After delivering this “sad message,” he knew they were sad. So, he added, “if you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father.
The question is, when, and how would Christ come back? First, before coming back, he will do something remarkable. He knows we still need a lot of help from above. So, he will send us the Advocate from above, who will help us.
This is why we must rejoice, because, if he did not return to the Father, the Advocate will not come. So, let us ask Christ to send us the Advocate who will teach us all things, and equally comfort us.
Peace be with you all!