Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son; if you ask anything in my name, I will do it. If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Comforter (ἄλλον Παράκλητον), to be with you for ever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you, and will be in you. I will not leave you desolate (ὀρφανούς, as orphans); I will come to you.” (Jn 14: 13-18)

The feast of the Ascension had a subtle note of sadness, because of Christ’s departure from us in the flesh. But He had assured us, as quoted above, that He wasn’t leaving us “as orphans,” because we were to receive “another Comforter,” the Holy Spirit. He “parents” us, as it were, because of Christ’s undying care for our world and according to the great mercy of the Father.

It’s tough, and quite over my head, to process this mind-blowing bit of Trinitarian theology. But the part I do “get,” and will carry with me today, is this: We are not left, or abandoned, “as orphans.” The loving, parental presence of the Holy Spirit is something we “know,” because He “dwells with” us, even if we can’t explain exactly how and when He works. Come and abide in us today, Lord, and thank you for not leaving us as orphans.

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