Protection of the Advocate

John 16: 5-11
Acts 16:22-34 / Psa 138

I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But if I go, I will send Him to you.
(John 16:7)

Even in His absence Jesus
Assures us of His protection;
Now His Holy Spirit frees us
From perdition to salvation.

(Jesus said), “Now I am going to him who sent me, yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ “Because I told you (I am leaving) grief has filled your hearts. But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But if I go, I will send Him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.” (John 16:5-11)

Reflection

Such was the power of Jesus in the heart of His apostles that they boldly proclaimed His Good News of salvation in the pagan countries and cities like Philippi, where they were unjustly scourged and imprisoned for casting out an evil spirit (Acts 16:22-24). But in His presence, their jailer and his entire household were converted, receiving from the apostles Jesus into their lives. (Acts 16:31-34)

God’s love is our most precious gift. It is most palpable to us in times when our prayers are answered, or when we are saved from imminent danger. God is love, and he has bequeathed a part of Himself to us in the Living Covenant of Jesus Christ. Jesus has gone back to the Father, but He has left with us the Holy Spirit, Who continues to unfold the wonders of God’s love to us in His gifts and in our protection from the evils of this world.

“Because I told you (I am leaving) grief has filled your hearts. But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But if I go, I will send Him to you.” (John 16:5-7)

We believe that our large extended families enjoy God’s protection when we learned via our email group that one of our sisters’ house was robbed over the weekend. We were relieved and grateful that she and her family were not harmed. When her husband stood up in the middle of the night to investigate some noise outside their room, the robber hurriedly took off, taking along her mobile phone and her husband’s laptop. I believe the presence of the Holy Spirit prevented any violence from happening in their home. I dread to think it would have been a different story if our families were not so prayerful. We praised and thanked the Holy Spirit for His protection. Today’s Responsorial Psalm says, “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes, with your right hand you save me. The Lord is with me to the end” (Psa 138:7-8a).

We know You are there to protect us even when evil confronts us. You shield us from all harm, and You bring us out of perdition. There is always joy in our hearts because we have a loving and compassionate God. Thank You for the presence of Your Holy Spirit in our lives. Amen.

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