Thursday 6th Week of Easter
John 16: 16-20.
It would seem that Jesus left us twice: at his Passion and his Ascension. But when Jesus seems to have abandoned us, he is present to us where we need him the most.
It would seem to the disciples and even to us
that Jesus left twice: his Passion and his Ascension.
The disciples didn’t see Jesus on the cross as they ran and hid.
Nor did they see him in the grave
for fear of being arrested themselves.
And they certainly didn’t see him after his Ascension
the way they saw him during his public ministry.
But Jesus did not abandon them in these occurrences.
Jesus plunged himself on to our cross
and into our grave where God seems absent
because of our sin and bad choices.
In fact, the more he seems absent from us,
the more truly he is with us
bearing the suffering we could never bear.
Or if you like, the greater distance our sin pushes him away,
the closer his mercy draws him to us.
How awesome to think that Jesus is right where we are
hurting the most in our grief when a loved one dies;
in our sin when we turn our back on God.
Jesus is right in the middle of our growth pains
when we have to let go of the way we are accustomed to recognizing his presence.
Pardon the example, but it’s like growing out of a pair of shoes.
They just don’t fit anymore.
In such dark moments
when he seems most absent,
pray, “Jesus I trust in you.”
He is on our cross carrying us
and sparing us suffering we could never bear.
“I am sorry Jesus for sometimes thinking you left me.
Have mercy on me.”