Just last week, as we passed the Easter season's halfway point, the Gospels shifted in time--taking us again to the Last Supper, when Jesus was preparing the apostles for his departure. Last time we read from that part of John's Gospel, it was natural to interpret that "departure" in terms of his death. Now, we can't help but hear it as referring to the Ascension (next week!). We've also started to hear intimations of Pentecost, the fruit of Jesus' dying and rising.
Don't you just love how Easter gently carries us toward Pentecost?