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May 24, 2022

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DG BookGospel: John 16:5-11
But now I am going to the One who sent me, and none of you asks me where I am going; instead you are overcome
with grief, because of what I have said. Believe me, it is better for you that I go away, because as long as I do not go away,
the Helper will not come to you. But if I go away, I will send him to you, and when he comes, he will vindicate the truth

before a sinful world; and he will vindicate the paths of righteousness and justice. What is the world’s sin, in regard to me? Disbelief. What
is the path of righteousness? It is the path I walk, by which I go to the Father; and you shall see me no more. What is the path of justice?
It is the path on which the prince of this world will always stand condemned.




We continue with the theme of letting God go, which we
reflected on before (cf. May 17th). Today Jesus says that it
is better that he goes away so that the Helper can come.
Does it mean that his continual presence would hinder their
spiritual growth? It sounds like blasphemy, but it also points to
a deeper truth. John of the Cross speaks of the various phases of
our spiritual growth, with one such phase being the dark night.
In the dark night, God disappears from our sensual and spiritual
realms. Oh, don’t we suffer then! But it is a necessary passage that
we “lose” God in order to “find” Him at a greater depth and
intimacy. It is better for us that God withdraws from us so that
we will be forced to get rid of the various images and idols we
have made of Him, and be led to a deeper union with Him.



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