May 11, 2015
“When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father…” (John 15:26)
In this sixth week of Easter, we continue to hear readings from John, from Jesus’ discourse with the Apostles at the Last Supper. For the last several days, the readings have alluded to the coming of the Advocate.
This, of course, refers to the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Jesus wants to assure the Apostles that even though He will be leaving them, He will be sending the Holy Spirit, to guide them and give them a voice. They should find comfort in this. This message should give them the courage they will need.
This message should bring us comfort as well. The human person of Jesus no longer walks the earth with us, but His presence remains and is available to us at all times. We should never feel alone. We have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit. That should give us the courage we need.