Jesus said to his disciples:
“When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father,
the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father,
he will testify to me.
And you also testify,
because you have been with me from the beginning.
“I have told you this so that you may not fall away.
They will expel you from the synagogues;
in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you
will think he is offering worship to God.
They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me.
I have told you this so that when their hour comes
you may remember that I told you.”- John 15:26-16:4A (NAB)
The Advocate Comes
We all need a helper and advocate. From the beginning of creation God said that it was not good for man to be alone (Genesis 2:18). In Gospel passage given above, Jesus is telling the disciples that the world will hate them because they hated Christ. Sometimes we tend to forget that the disciples were Jews, and because they followed and proclaimed Christ they were excommunicated from the fellowship of Israel.
They were not able to go into the synagogue and worship as they had always done. This was serious business, and it becomes even more serious when one looks at the Rabbinic interpretation of Numbers 25:1-13 in the Talmud. The rabbinic tradition says that apostates were to be killed as a sacrifice to God. Yikes!
The Holy Spirit Helps Us Today
What does all this have to do with us today? Just like the disciples we are in need of a helper. Christ has not left us as orphans, but loves and cares for us. The Holy Spirit was sent from the Father and the Son to be of advocate and comforter. Just as with the disciples the Holy Spirit will give us courage to live in a world that has a growing hatred for Christ and his Church.
Take heart and have faith. Christ is with us until the end of the age. The Holy Spirit will help us testify to the person of Christ, and stand up for what is right. Go forth today in the peace of Christ, and ask the Holy Spirit to guide your steps.
This is a fitting reminder in the times we are living in. It has been a rough year to say the least. With everything going on many have lost hope. People are down and thinking the worst, but Christ gave us a great promise. He did not abandon us to our devices.
The person of the blessed Trinity was sent on Pentecost and leads us. Are we following the promptings of the Spirit? Perhaps we are letting our emotions get the best of us (it is easy to do at times). May we look to the Holy Spirit to guide our minds and hearts to make a positive change in a chaotic world.
Saint Quotes About The Holy Spirit
Enrich your soul in the great goodness of God: The Father is your table, the Son is your food, and the Holy Spirit waits on you and then makes His dwelling in you. — St. Catherine of Siena
Virtues are formed by prayer. Prayer preserves temperance. Prayer suppresses anger. Prayer prevents emotions of pride and envy. Prayer draws into the soul the Holy Spirit, and raises man to Heaven. — St. Ephraem
You could not love Jesus if you did not possess the living source of holy and pure love, namely, the Holy Spirit. Our divine Redeemer said, “He that believeth in Me, out of his belly shall flow streams of living water.” (John 7:38.) This He said of the spirit which they should receive who believed in Him. Therefore, when God enkindles in you the flames of divine love, holy, pure, and without stain, let yourself disappear in the infinite Good, and, like an infant, sleep the sleep of faith and love in the bosom of your heavenly Spouse. – St. Paul of the Cross
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