Jesus’ going at his Ascension was one of expectation, where he was lifted up while the apostles looked on. Jesus had appeared to them in many settings during the forty days after his rising and told them that while John had baptised with water, they would be baptised with the Spirit. The promise was that Jesus would return.
We begin this week with Jesus reminding us that the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, will teach us everything, and remind us of all that he has said. This can only happen if we immerse ourselves in the scriptures, and then in our tradition. And if we do this, then peace will be given to us, a peace the world cannot give. This is Jesus’ gift to us.
In John’s Gospel which we read last weekend, Jesus charges Peter with looking after and feeding his lambs and sheep. In this week’s very short Gospel from John, Jesus impels us to listen to his voice and to follow:
On the third Sunday of Easter, we encounter the disciples of Jesus, attempting to return to their old lives. Their hope in Jesus being the Messiah was abandoned as they returned to fishing. Their fear, grief and shock took them back to the way they were.
On Tuesday 29th March, while eating my breakfast and reading The Newcastle Herald, in the Business section I came across an article, “Having the right tribe is key to success”, written by Belinda Smith, a freelance writer and former Telstra Young Businesswoman of the Year.