May 25, 2017 (John 16:16-20)

In John’s Gospel, Jesus makes it very clear that He will not send the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, until He returns to the Father. In other words, He must physically leave this world before the Holy Spirit can come. The Ascension, therefore, is connected to the Paschal Mystery of the Suffering, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus. With the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Age of the Church begins.

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