“Listen; the time will come – in fact it has come already – when you will be scattered, each going his own way and leaving me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me”

John 16:32

We’re coming towards the end of the Easter season with Pentecost just around the corner. Like the disciples, we are waiting for the Holy Spirit to give us that extra courage that we need to face the challenges ahead.

In today’s reading, the disciples bravely tell Jesus that yes, they do believe in him but Jesus questions them and asks, “do you really believe?” Why did Jesus question their faith? Perhaps he saw that they needed preparation for the next stage in their following. In fact, shortly afterwards the disciples were scattered and found it difficult to hold onto their faith. Recalling this moment is humbling as they see that “to believe” is not enough. Another strength is required. This is the power of the Holy Spirit who gives us the courage that many times cannot be found within.

Let’s pray in this week before Pentecost that we can depend on the Holy Spirit in the moments we’re called to act on our faith.