“Unless I go away”, He said….
Reading where Jesus was telling His followers that He was going away . He understood how sorrowful they would be. They were “familiar” with this Jesus of flesh and bones. Someone they could touch and have face to face when telling their adventures. Jesus knew that it would be harder to “get” Him when all they had to depend on was the “Spirit” who would come afterwards. He has to “ascend” and change form for their lives to move forward. God knows that people get stuck while trying to hold on to that which is no longer is going to serve them or His purposes.
Letting go of this Jesus of flesh and bones is the only real way to see Him as He is.
Isn’t it that way with others as well? We want to hold on to a fantasy of who we thought they were or weren’t , but only in the letting go can we really see someone as they really are. We can only see ourselves that way too. It’s in the “revealing” that we either learn to love others as they are, or continue to hold on to the fantasies of what we “thought” they were. People don’t often change quickly, it’s just that we didn’t see every side. Mary didn’t recognize Jesus in the garden. He had SUDDENLY changed. The thing is, He had been telling them who He was for a long time beforehand. They had only forgotten or seen what they “wanted” to see, good or bad. Even at the tomb, they still expected to see Him as He was in some way.
Unless I go away the Spirit of truth will not come”…..
The Spirit of truth HAD to come. To gain one, we often have to lose the other.
“Having eyes, they see not. Having ears, they hear not..”
The Spirit of truth WILL come in that answer you need. It will not “leave you as an orphan.”
Love will reveal it.
Truth is never too late…
The Journey to contemplative prayer is often one of sitting and waiting. Not waiting for nothing, but waiting for what comes when we’ve let go of that which was illusive.
“For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie : though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” Hab 2:3