John 16: 23-28
23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.
24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
25 These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.
26 At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you:
27 For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.
28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.
Jesus continues to prepare his disciples for the joy of his Resurrection and for the mission of the disciples, to evangelize, bringing to people all over the world the good news of Jesus Christ, of our salvation.
Because they have believed in Jesus, they may ask what they wish of the Father in the Son’s name. In the Acts of the Apostles, we hear of the miracles worked by the disciples, these the signs and wonders which they are empowered to perform in order to help people to believe. The joy the disciples will then experience is the joy of salvation, which will continue to shine even in times of greatest difficulty and hardship. Such is the joy that is with us to the present day, as we pray to the Father in the name of the Son, as Christ’s gift of himself intercedes for us, and as we seek to do good works for others, as we witness Christ.
Jesus has taught his disciples in greater detail than he has the crowds. He has, though, also used metaphors and parables when instructing the disciples, stimulating their curiosity and encouraging them to ask Jesus questions. Jesus now tells his disciples that, very soon, he will speak to them clearly and plainly, so that they may have an exact understanding of the truth they are to preach to the world. This will be after the Resurrection, when they will know that Christ has indeed conquered death, witnessing the glorified Christ at first hand.
‘Perfect patience is to follow Christ faithfully, even to death, but for perfect knowledge we must await his coming. Here, in the land of the dying, the sufferings of the world must be endured; there, in the land of the living, shall be seen the good things of the Lord.’ St Augustine