View all Gospel Reflections | May 19, 2020
It Is Expedient for You That I Go
Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter
But now I am going to the one who sent me, and not one of you asks me,‘Where are you going?’ But because I told you this, grief has filled your hearts. But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes he will convict the world in regard to sin and righteousness and condemnation: sin, because they do not believe in me; righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will no longer see me; condemnation, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.
Opening Prayer: Dearest Lord, I know that you will always speak the truth no matter how difficult it may be for me to hear or understand. Send your Holy Spirit to keep me on the path of righteousness.
- Where Are You Going?: Jesus had to leave this world in order to fulfill his mission. Perhaps none of the apostles asked where he was going because they trusted him despite their lack of understanding. In our own experience, we can trust that everything happens for a reason, even though at times we may not understand and even desire a different course or outcome. We trust because we know we are beloved sons and daughters of our loving Father.
- Grief Has Filled Your Heart: The apostles had met Jesus, devoted three years of their life to following him, learning from him, depending on him—and now he was talking about departing. No doubt, they were more than sorrowful—they were probably frightened, confused, and angry. Their vague understanding of “the Advocate” who was to come did not assuage their grief. We know that most of them scattered during Our Lord’s passion. Grief, fear, uncertainty—these are difficult and powerful emotions. When we suffer loss in our own lives, Our Lord desires to accompany us, perhaps mitigate our suffering, or at the very least give us supernatural strength to carry it. We can’t suffer well without his help and so we stay close to Jesus in prayer, knowing that he works everything out for our ultimate good (Romans 8:28).
- Humility: Jesus, made it clear to his apostles that he had to leave so that he could send the Holy Spirit. He was passing his ministry onto the apostles, who were to be strengthened and readied by the Holy Spirit. He shows us that there can come a time when it is good and necessary to hand our mission over to the next person. We don’t want to pridefully cling to our work if that’s not his will, so let’s beg for the Spirit’s discernment and, if required, let go.
Conversing with Christ: Christ Jesus, when I feel “abandoned” and filled with sorrow, confusion, or anger, help me to trust that you are with me and give me the grace to lean into your loving embrace. Additionally, help me to know when to stay focused and when to let go of the work you have given me to do.
Resolution: Lord, today by your grace I will prayerfully evaluate all areas of work to see if it is time to let go. If so, I will begin a plan for transition.
Written by Marjorie Davin