We are now coming to the close of the Easter Season. Still time to say “Happy Easter” to each other! Soon it will be the days of Pentecost. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. In the early part of Easter, we recalled the stories of Jesus re-appearing to his disciples. There was Jesus...here, there, everywhere. At an unsealed tome, in a locked room, on the road, by the seashore…the stories are legendary. So good to have Jesus back home with us. Just like the good old days.
But, now in the later weeks of the Easter Season, it is time once again to say goodbye to Jesus. Our scripture texts, like yesterday’s passage from John 14, dwell on Jesus’s fond farewell. He tells his friends that though parting is painful, there will be a replacement of him of sorts. Jesus gives the disciples the reassurance of a Presence. It’s called the Holy Spirit. Think of this Spirit as an eternal comforter or a permanent guide or an ever-present teacher. Whenever we need help, it’s just an arms-length away.
You know something about what I’m talking about. There have been those unexplained moments when we’ve felt we are not alone. Maybe in a time of crisis, we have been distraught. Then, as if by magic, we feel a sweep of calm and quietude. Confidence has come back. That’s the Holy Spirit doing its work. Or maybe we have lost our bearings and have stumbled emotionally. We wonder if we will ever recover. Then, without notice, we have come back. We stand up and face the new reality of a different world. And we know we are going to make it. That’s the Holy Spirit again. We feel the help and hope of God.
Let’s hang on to Easter a little longer. These final weeks of the Easter Season are some of the best weeks of the year. We are not alone. Whew!!