Fr Paul reads from the Gospel of John (14: 21-26) in which Jesus says to his disciples, ‘The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you everything and remind you of all I have said to you’.Fr Paul says this Gospel reading we hear today begins to teach what this love means. To love Jesus means to keep his commandments not by mere obedience but by loving imitation. The actions of Jesus reveal his and the Father’s nature. He heals. He loves. He judges. He prays. He forgives and he commands. To obey his commands is a response in love. This Gospel is the first time that has reference to the Advocate, the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit. This Advocate is called to the side of someone in need. The Advocate is to represent Jesus, to carry on the work of Jesus, to act in the name of Jesus, and to make Jesus present when he is not there. As we hear in today’s Gospel, this Advocate’s first job is to teach, to explain what Jesus has revealed. Fr Paul says, as we begin this 5th week in Easter, we might be grateful to God that the Spirit, the Advocate, the Paraclete, has been given to us and walks by our side.
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