In February, my mother died at the ripe old age of 100. A couple of days later I went to help remove her possessions from the care home where she had been living. While there, my sister made the comment that “we are now orphans”. Of course, that is true. We no longer have living parents, but the statement didn’t really mean a lot to me at the time.
In today’s Gospel reading, we continue to find out what Jesus said to his disciples in his last long conversation before his arrest. He was trying to prepare them for his absence and to give them hope in the face of such a huge change. Perhaps because of that statement by my sister, what stands out for me is the statement: “I will not leave you orphaned.” Continue reading