Reading this the day before we commemorate Jesus' Ascension into heaven is very significant for me. I often pray on Ascension Thursday of the heartfelt anguish the disciples must have felt as he left them. I know how I feel when a good friend moves away or even dies. It brings great sadness.
To realize that Jesus is not far from any one of us is a great consolation. Wherever I am in my life right now, He is close by. That is assuring. That is life-giving. That helps me in my efforts to follow him.
Sometimes I seek Him and even grope for Him. That is the way faith is. One believes even when one does not feel or know His actual presence. I always find Him and thanks to Luke's writing of the Acts of the Apostles, I am reminded of why. He is always near, always ready to help me.