Jesus told the disciples he would be leaving them; they would no longer see him the way they knew him, yet they would not be alone. The Advocate would be coming, the Holy Spirit, who would lead them into all truth. What that meant exactly wasn’t clear to the disciples. They just knew that things would be changing.
Change. Most of us have a hard time with it. But change is necessary, too. Change and growth are common to all living things. If there’s no change and growth-whether in a cell, plant, animal, human, or in faith-is it still living?
Jesus knew that the disciples would face changes, but these could be opportunities for them to grow in their faith. The Holy Spirit would not leave them alone, but would continue to teach and guide.
Be open to the Spirit. There is more to come. You will not be alone. On Pentecost we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit, a presence that is always with us, enlivening our faith through growth and change. Where do you see the Spirit active in your life’s changes?
Thank you, Jesus, for the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit. Amen. — MR