May 11, 2021

Each day, I reflect upon a word or phrase from the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.

“…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.” (John 16:5-11)

ADVOCATE: As we get closer to Pentecost, we hear more about “the Advocate.”

Jesus told His disciples that He must leave them and return to the Father. Sensing their grief, he assured them that there was a purpose. Something great would come out of His death and resurrection, as well as out of their grief.

Jesus had to go, so that the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, would come. Easter occurred, opening the door to Pentecost.

God the Father gave them life. Jesus gave them a living example of a true, loving servant. The Holy Spirit would give them a voice.

Jesus announced the cutting of the apron strings. His work on earth was done. It was time for the disciples to step up, armed with the gift of the Holy Spirit. They were given a voice that they must use to spread the Word, to “make disciples of all men.”

That work continues today. How are you using your voice?

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