In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “I will not leave you desolate; I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world will see me no more, but you will see me; because I live, you will live also. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. He who has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me; and he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”
Jesus comforts us in our time on earth. Finite as it may be. But he promises us the love of the Father if we keep his commandments.
This seems like a simple exchange.
Hard to do for most of us. We struggle with the smallest of distractions, temptations, getting caught up with the busy-ness of our lives.
But he leaves with us the Holy Spirit to guide us.
We cling on.
As Jesus gives us these farewell words in the Gospel indicating his time has come to leave, I also remember our sister-in-Christ, Clare Chan, who has departed from this place early yesterday morning.
She was the last secretary of NET – New Evanglelization Team before the ministry concluded, and I was privileged to have worked with her in the few years I was there. She brought enthusiasm and energy to meetings and had a can-do attitude which is evident of her faith and deep love of Jesus. I don’t know her too well but I know she was involved in a few other ministries including serving in the Church of the Blessed Sacrament and bridging the Landings program to the parish.
She had been hospitalised for nearly 2 years and has undergone immense suffering. But it is now over.
I pray that she will enter into glory with the Father, through Jesus the son whom she has loved during her life on earth.
Eternal Father, we offer you the body and blood, soul and divinity of your dearly beloved son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. In atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
For the sake of his sorrowful passion. Have mercy on us and on Clare.
And may eternal light shine upon her.