Today's reading provides some of Jesus' teaching to his disciples about the consequences of his impending death. While Jesus implies that there are still things he wishes he could teach the disciples -- but feels they would not understand, he focuses on what will happen to them and around them after his death. They will be saddened; they will be scattered; they will be persecuted. However, they also will receive the Advocate, the gift of the Holy Spirit. And they have the promise of complete joy when Christ returns and, in the meantime, peace of mind, if they trust the words of Jesus.