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"Because I live, you also will live" - June 1, 2011
I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.
Do you like being alone? Sure, it can be nice to take a walk by yourself to clear your head, or escape to the garage for some quiet tinkering. But when the bad news comes, or the holidays arrive, or the empty solitude joins in, do you like being alone?
As Jesus prepared his disciples for his departure—both his departure to death on the cross and also his departure to heaven at his ascension—he comforts his disciples. He doesn’t want them to think that they are being abandoned by him and left on their own. So he makes a promise to them. God was going to give his Counselor, the Holy Spirit, to be with them forever. They were not going to be alone, in good times or in bad times.
The promise Jesus made to his disciples is also for you. He knows there are times that you are going to feel alone. There are times when temptation will seem ready to overwhelm you. There are times that sorrow or trouble or the death of a loved one will leave you standing not knowing what direction to turn. Yet God has not left you alone. When he made you his child, he sent the Holy Spirit to be with you. By your side he reminds you of the comfort and promise of the Resurrection. Because Jesus lives, you too will live. No matter what the trial or the sorrow, nothing can take away the sure fulfillment of this promise. You will live because Jesus has rescued you from death. He has rescued you from sin. He has replaced it with eternal life.
Dearest Jesus, I give thanks that you have not abandoned me, but have sent your Holy Spirit to keep your promise of eternal life before me. Amen.
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