Sunday, May 22, 2022 - Scripture Reflection

Scripture Reflection

May 27
Sunday, May 22, 2022

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Reading I
Acts 15:1, 2, 22-29

Responsorial Psalm
Psalms 67:2-3, 5-6, 8

Reading II
Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23

John 14:23-29

Why does the term “Advocate” bring a sense of comfort and hope to those who are seeking the blessings and graces provided by the Holy Spirit?

In this weekend’s Gospel, we find Jesus reassuring his disciples that the ‘Advocate” will come and teach everything.  The Holy Spirit was promised and the people waited in joyful anticipation even though they did not know exactly what was coming their way.

By definition, an ADVOCATE “is a person who publicly supports a particular cause or policy.”  

      The concept that the Holy Spirit would publicly support us in our time of want or need should give us reason to rejoice.  A public display of affection, care, or concern should help us to realize that God’s love is bold and that if someone makes a bold statement, there is reason to come to a correct conclusion that there is a solid foundation present upon which we find comfort and strength.  

      Advocates are passionate about their “causes”  an to have a sense that the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity have an intense love for us in our daily living should be an inspiration for us to recognize that even when it seems, we are never abandoned – we are never without the support of God.

      In the Gospels, Jesus prepares his disciples for His ascension into glory and for the coming of the Paraclete.  The people were still uncertain what all of these events meant to them as individuals and as a global community.  The words of our Lord, although not meant to be baffling to those who hungered for Christ in their lives, were challenging to say the least.  

      The promise of an advocate by our Lord reveals that the relationship that we are invited to deepen has room to grow and is a heavenly gift that can be fostered to develop into an opportunity to have someone in “our corner” when we face need or could benefit from an intercessor and guide.

      These final days of the Easer Season nudge us forward to help us gain increased confidence in knowing that the promise made to the world by Jesus prior to His ascension was held and that we and future generations have no fear that we have been abandoned or forgotten.  May the gifts and fruits of the Holy Sprit fill you hearts and souls abundantly!

By: Father William J. Lechnar, Pastor / Holy Family Parish, Seward