John 16:5-11 Reflection:
All the gospel readings lately are from the Final Discourse which Jesus gave to his disciples at the Last Supper. In it Jesus tells the disciples openly that he is going to the Father and that he will return. Unfortunately they have no idea what he is talking about.
I have had something of the same experience myself this past Lent, Easter and Eastertide; the whole meaning of the passion, death and resurrection of the Lord has taken on a new understanding for me. We have all thought and wondered about what the resurrection means and it is a sort of an abstract thing, something which holy people or high up priests know about, but which really didn’t apply to us.
However, all throughout this Eastertide I have not been able to stop thinking about what the resurrection of Jesus actually means for me in real life. The one day I was thinking about was my brother who died three years ago last week. I could see him lying in his coffin and then he just sat up and said, “Right boys, that’s the dying bit over.”
That is what the resurrection means to us, the moment we appear to die in this world a whole new world opens to us and we enter it. The act of physically dying is only a doorway to a new life. While I had always known this through the teaching of the Church I had never truly grasped the significance of what the teaching really said to us.
Of course, like all people, I fear the act of dying, lying in a bed helpless etc. but death itself is nothing to fear because when we know that we are simply going on to another life then we are just moving along, like going to sleep on an airplane, we waken at our new destination.