John 14:18: ‘I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you.
The fourteenth chapter of John describes the promises of Jesus not to leave his followers, and certainly not to leave them without help, because Jesus will send the “helper,” the “advocate” – the Holy Spirit after he departs. Right now, in this time of isolation, it is imperative that we be reminded that we are not alone - God is with us by the Holy Spirit. We have not been nor will we ever be orphaned by God – even without Jesus’ physical presence, even without the physical presence of others, Jesus comes to us by the Spirit of God.
What are some ways you connect to and sense God’s presence with you? How do you experience Jesus with you during this time? I have heard from parishioners describing everything from finding God in their gardens, a budding flower, and the stars in the night sky to finding God in renewed times of prayer and studying Scripture to moments of grace online with friends and family through social media and zoom.
I know for me I recently felt God with me during the simple act of lighting a homemade Paschal candle and watching it burn bright: “the light of Christ.” In this time of isolation, know that you are never alone. God in Christ is with you - this is the Easter message. What a friend we have in Jesus.
Be well. This too shall pass. In the meantime, we pray.