May 25, 2014: 6th Sunday of Easter
Jesus said to his disciples:
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
And I will ask the Father, who will give you another Advocate to be with you always,
the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept,
because it neither sees nor knows the Spirit.
But you know the Spirit, because the Spirit remains with you, and will be in you.
I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
In a little while the world will no longer see me,
but you will see me, because I live and you will live.
On that day you will realize that I am in my Father
and you are in me and I in you.
Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me.
And those who love me will be loved by my Father,
and I will love them and reveal myself to them.” (John 14:15-21)
Jesus several times told his followers about his death on the cross, statements they found difficult to believe.
But he also reminded them, as in today’s reading, that even though he was going away, he would not leave them orphans. He would ask the Father to send another Advocate or Helper to be with them and do for them all that Jesus did.
Remember that Jesus is also speaking to us.
True, we cannot see him, but the Holy Spirit of God is with us, within us.
When you pray you probably think of the Father or Jesus.
Wouldn’t it be good to include the Holy Spirit in prayer and at other times as you go about your day?