St. Benedict Orthodox Church Celebrating in the Western Rite of the Antiochian Jurisdiction
“A little while and ye shall not see me, and again a little while and you ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.”
Jesus is telling the disciples what is about to happen, as He has before, the frightening and miraculous events that are about to unfold in their lives; events that will change not only their lives, but all creation.
The Apostles seem not to comprehend the message and are instead hung up on the timeframe. “A little while, what does He mean by a little while?”
This statement, mysterious to the disciples, we see from our vantage point today through the lens of 2000 years’ experience and the teaching of the Church.
The first ‘little while’ follows the torture, crucifixion, and death of Jesus, the silence of the tomb and the descent to hell. They do not see Him, the mobs rejoice and the disciples mourn.
The second ‘little while’ is the resurrection, and for a brief period they see Him again until the ascension.
And, ‘because I go to the Father,’ Jesus states. This ‘going to the Father’ is the key in the middle. When Jesus first emerged from the tomb, and from His mission in the depths of Hell, Mary Magdalene was there. He instructed her, “Do not touch me, for I have not yet ascended to my Father.”Continue
The Orthodox Church is evangelical, but not Protestant. It is orthodox, but not Jewish. It is catholic, but not Roman. It is not non-denominational, it is pre-denominational. It has believed, taught, preserved, defended, and died for the Faith of the Apostles since the Day of Pentecost nearly 2000 years ago in 33 A.D.