The disciples were clinging to Jesus and totally dependent on Him, their hopes, fears, trust, everything was deposited in Jesus. But the Master, already in the 14th chapter of John begins by telling them that the moment would come when he would have to leave.
Can you imagine how disappointing it would be if the person into whom you had deposited all that is suddenly said to be leaving? The difference and the key in this story is that Jesus had told them “the Comforter will be with you every day”. Jesus was making a huge promise to them that even if He left, they would not be alone “ever”.
Did you know that we are not alone? Sometimes the hard times we go through make us believe such a lie, but the truth is that we are not alone, but we have a Comforter:
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
O dear brothers, we are not alone! Jesus has sent us the Holy Spirit, not to be with us for a month, a week or a few hours, but he will be with us “forever” and this is glorious, because we know that our trials, difficulties, losses, highs, weaknesses and everything that humanly we think that we cannot overcome, we have a being that goes beyond our capacity and that helps us to overcome any circumstance.
And ultimately, Jesus said he would return, how present do we have it? Sometimes we are so entertained in earthly things that we forget the great promise that one day the Son of man will come on the clouds for his holy church. Do you think?