Daily Mass (Tues-Fri): 9 am • Saturday (Vigil): 5 pm • Sunday: 9:30 am and 11 am
In our home, the Domestic Church, we shall prayerfully watch the celebration of the Holy Mass and reflect on the Word of God: Acts 8: 5-8, 14-17; I Pet 3: 15-18; Jn. 14: 15-21
THE ‘ADVOCATE’ WHO IS WITH US ALWAYS
I will not leave you orphaned ... I will ask the Father to give you the ‘Advocate’ to be with you forever (Jn.14. 15-21).
These were the comforting words of Jesus to his apostles before His leaving them. He promised them that He will send the ‘Advocate’ who will always support, guide, and accompany them to fulfill their mission in life at any cost and under all circumstances.
‘Advocate’ in our ordinary way of understanding is a legal term for one who supports and speaks in one's defense. It is a human advocate with its limitations. In the New Testament, ‘Advocate’ is the translation of the Greek word ‘parakletos’ (Jn.14.16) and is used to mean the Holy Spirit, the Divine Advocate, who is the counselor, comforter, defender, guide, and supporter. The ‘Advocate’ will enable us to defend our faith powerfully and will guide us properly in our practice of true Christian love.
Jesus promised this ‘Advocate’ to his apostles who will accompany them in their challenging mission of proclaiming the Word of God and in their ministry of caring service to everyone. The first reading we heard today (Acts 8.5-8, 14-17), describes how the Holy Spirit helped Philip, the Deacon, to preach powerfully and convert the Samaritans in large numbers. It also explains how the baptized Samaritans received a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit through the imposition of hands by the Apostles Peter and John. We, the Church, the People of God, continue the mission of Christ and the Apostles, and the ‘Advocate’ is with us even now as we struggle through difficulties in life.
The Holy Spirit gives us Life, stands by us, defend us, strengthens us, and consoles us in our life situation,s and make us go forward with renewed spirit and strength. Let the ‘Advocate’ plead our cause and bring in us a new spirit, new values, new attitudes, new approaches towards God, one another, and to events that take place in life.
The Risen Lord, as a beacon of hope, is with us, living by our side during these challenging times as he was with his disciples in the past. It is asserted by our Holy Father, Pope Francis who said: “In the midst of isolation when we are suffering from a lack of tenderness and chances to meet up, and we experience the loss of so many things, let us once again listen to the proclamation that saves us: he is risen and is living by our side”
Last updated by Rachel Fonseca May 17.