The Advocate

Jesus said to his disciples:
“When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father,
the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father,
he will testify to me.
And you also testify,
because you have been with me from the beginning.

“I have told you this so that you may not fall away.
They will expel you from the synagogues;
in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you
will think he is offering worship to God.
They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me.
I have told you this so that when their hour comes
you may remember that I told you.”
(John 15:26-16:4)

Scripture Study

15:26 whom I shall send: The Spirit comes forth from the Father (14:16, 26) and the Son (16:7). ● The mission of the Spirit in history is a reflection of the procession of the Spirit in eternity. This is expressed in the Nicene Creed, which says that the Holy Spirit “proceeds from the Father and the Son” (CCC 244–48).

16:2 out of the synagogues: i.e., excommunicated from the fellowship of Israel. service to God: Or “worship to God”. According to rabbinic meditations on the Phinehas episode of Num 25:1–13, to slay apostates from Judaism is to sacrifice unto the Lord.

Scripture Reflection

Friends, today’s Gospel focuses on the Holy Spirit’s role as witness to Jesus. “When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth that proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me.”

All Christian preaching is ultimately about the Paschal Mystery, the dying and rising of Jesus and the sending of the Holy Spirit. But this last element is especially important for today, because it signals the way that we are able to participate in the life that Jesus opens up to us. One of the chief marks of the Holy Spirit is the prompting to bold speech. From the apostles through the great evangelists and theologians, up to Billy Graham and John Paul II, the Spirit prompts people to confess the Lordship of Jesus. Remember that Paul told us, “No one can call Jesus Lord except in the Holy Spirit.”

Who is the Holy Spirit? He is the third person of the Holy Trinity, more precisely the love shared by the Father and the Son. As the love between Father and Son, the Spirit comes most fully to historical expression during the great events of the Incarnation and the Paschal Mystery.

– Bishop Robert Barron

May the virtues of faith, hope, and love go with you today – DV.