6th Sunday of Easter (A)



May 21, 2017

“I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth.”

Once in a little while, for some others more often, we have the experience of a blackout; for some reason the electricity is cut off. The majority of people have to interrupt their activities; mothers have to postpone cooking, or switch to gas, computers at office, school, and home are shut down. Other activities are more seriously upset like electric trains and metros, cable cars, funiculars, and elevators. Not to mention entertainment and the comfort of a hot shower. Even in our liturgical celebrations we have to go back to the ancestral way to light candles, find flashlights, use old fashion megaphones or speak lauder.

During the Last Supper Jesus knew that when he left this world his disciples would need the power of his Spirit, at that time he solemnly declared, “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Paraclete (Advocate) to be with you always, the Spirit of truth.” The Holy Spirit is also like a father; Jesus said that he would not leave us orphans, he would entrust us to the guidance of the Spirit. Jesus promised to continue his presence with us through a Helper. The Helper would be the Holy Spirit.


Both Jesus and the Holy Spirit are our Advocates before the Father. Jesus is the one who teaches his disciples about God the Father, and defends them before him; the Holy Spirit is sent after Jesus´ leaving, as he himself had promised. The Holy Spirit has different functions in the History of our Salvation: he is a Father, and therefore, he protects us; he is a teacher and counselor, and guides us thru the truth of Jesus; he is our advocate and defends us and at the same time is a prosecutor in the case against the world. He is the one who leads Philip in his preaching from Judea to Samaria, and advises Peter and the apostles to admit the Gentiles to the faith at the beginning of the Church.

When Jesus says in future time, “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,” he does not refer to the end of time, but he speaks of the reciprocal cohabitation of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit within the believing disciple. Christ unites Father, Son, Spirit and believer.

In the early years of the Church, the Acts of the Apostles tells of the enthusiasm of Philip going to Samaria, proclaiming the Word of God, healing and converting many to Christ. When the apostles Peter and John came to the city, they prayed and laid hands on them that they might receive the Holy Spirit.

In the second reading Saint Peter says that we should be ready to give an explanation to whoever asks for a reason for our faith, that is, to give witness to our faith both by words and by actions. Without being corner-street-preachers, people should notice we are Catholic Christians in the way we live our family, professional, and political values.

We do not become conscious of the value of the invisible power of electricity until we lose it. So it is with the Holy Spirit. The Paraclete Spirit is like spiritual electricity, so much part of the life of the Church, that we cannot survive without his unseen presence. Life in the Spirit has a tremendous power as it is so clear in the life of the Church. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit make their dwelling in our personal life as disciples, and it is proved if we observe Christ´s commandments. The family of God, the Holy Trinity accompanies us to the end of our earthly life.

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