John 16:16-20 Reflection:
In days of old this would have been Ascension Thursday but since we began celebrating feasts on Sundays, this is just another day in the run up to the feast. But again Jesus is preparing the apostles for his leaving them.
The gospel today is from the farewell discourse of Holy Thursday night but applies equally to this time. Jesus says he is going away for a short while and will return. Of course the apostles are confused and do not understand. Then Jesus tells them that while they are sad the world shall rejoice.
That appears to be the way with the world, that sense of triumph when God or Jesus is taken out of society. We all see that hatred of God when we hear on the radio those who cannot hide their contempt for religion and belief. Jesus also experienced this but he let it go and talked to those who wanted to listen to him.
I have noticed in my own life that I could not be bothered anymore listening to the super atheists who rant and rave. There was a man on the radio yesterday and his venom was terrible and I thought ‘pity him rather than argue with him.’
We live in a world that hates Jesus. We should not react to them and argue, we should simply do what Jesus does, and we should love them and let them be. It is not our job to convert; it is our job to proclaim Jesus and pray.