God is With Us
God is our loving Father. Take some time today for Lectio Divina. Read this Gospel the first time, taking in what is happening. The second time, read through and pick out one or two phrases that stand out to you and hold them in your heart. The third time, read through and consider how God is speaking to you through this reading. Then take some time to pray and reflect.
Today's Gospel states: 'But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, `Where are you going?' But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convince the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged' (John 16:5-11).
Jesus tells the people that he is leaving to be reunited with God in heaven. They don't quite understand this, it is a foreign idea to them. They want Jesus to be close, so that they can physically see them, yet Jesus encourages them, saying that he is always with hem, especially when they follow in his footsteps. We too are called to keep Jesus close, in our hearts, continually growing in relationship with him. Take some time today to ask Jesus to be close in your heart.
Today we pray:
Thank You for being so loving and giving. I ask that You help me to grow close in relationship with You, even when I cannot see You. I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.