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25th May 2014 – Sixth Sunday of Easter (A)

Jesus promises his disciples that, although he will soon be leaving them, he will not leave them 'desolate' — or 'as orphans', as another version puts it. He will send them his Spirit who will be with them always. In his mortal humanity, Jesus could only be in one place at a time and could not live forever. His Spirit is with us always, even when we feel as if we are alone and helpless. The Greek word used to describe the Spirit here is parakletos, which can be translated into English in various ways: advocate, helper, counsellor, comforter, teacher. He is the Spirit of Christ, and he continues the work that Jesus did among his disciples. He is the Spirit of Truth, and he leads us to the truth as we try to listen to him and be guided by him.

In prayer it is the Spirit who brings God's word to life and gives us a deeper understanding of the truths of the gospel. The Spirit also guides us in our daily lives, showing us the right actions in the situations we face and strengthening us to carry them out. He gives us encouragement and consolation in our troubles and fears, and he is our advocate when we sin, praying with us when we repent and seek forgiveness.

As we come to the end of the Easter season, we can rejoice that Jesus has sent us this great Helper. It is because of his resurrection and ascension that he can send the Spirit into our hearts, and he never refuses us this gift. Jesus says that he does not leave us orphaned, and he is coming to us. He comes to us every day as we go before him in prayer, read his Word attentively, and receive him in the Eucharist. But the Spirit also encourages us to look forward to the time when he will come again in glory, when his kingdom will be fully revealed and evil will be no more. Let us ask the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with longing for that time and help us pray for it each day.

Lord Jesus, we thank you that you have sent us your Spirit to help, guide and comfort us as we try to follow you in this world. May we know your love more and more through the Spirit, and spread that love to those around us.

Acts 8:5-8, 14-17

Psalm 65(66): 1-7, 16, 20

1 Peter 3:15-18

John 14:15-21

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