16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.

8 And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 about sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; 11 about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.

12 I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.

 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

 15 All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

The key to this difficult passage lies in the beautiful prophecy of Jeremiah through whom God is reported to have said,

The days are surely coming… when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, ‘Know the Lord’, for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more. (Jeremiah 31:31-34)

The risk of Jesus remaining with his disciples is that they would come to attach the divine Presence solely to the sound of their teacher’s voice, the look in his eye, the touch of his hand, and the depth of his teaching. The goal of Jesus’ ministry had been from the beginning that his followers might come to know that the divine Presence they experienced in their relationship with him, is an inner reality available to them at all times and in every circumstance.

The truth they heard in Jesus’ words was not something out there. It was accessible to them no matter what their external circumstances might be. Whenever they opened their hearts the awareness of the Spirit of Christ would be available in their lives. There was nothing more required, nothing needed to be added. The truth embodied in Jesus would be embedded in the lives of those who allowed their hearts to resonate with the beauty they had experienced in his presence.

In the face of the truth living in his followers, all opposition to the goodness beauty and light of Christ will be seen for what it is, simply “wrong”. All that is anti-life will be revealed in its drive towards death. All who open to truth and love will find their true identity deepened and revealed. The Spirit of Christ is carried abroad throughout the world in the lives of all those who open to Life and truth.

What helps me open to the truth of Christ’s presence