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Monday, May 11, 2015

Are you dependent on the Spirit? Do you call on the Advocate in times of trial? - Daily Reflections May 11, 2015

MY LAWYER
 
Do you know that the Holy Spirit is your own personal lawyer? The Spirit’s service is free of charge. He is fully committed to your best interest — attaining eternal life — and is always available. There is no need to make an appointment. He is always by your side, the One whom you can trust completely with your life. Now, that’s my kind of lawyer!
       In the Gospel today, Jesus describes the Holy Spirit, sent by the Father as Advocate, the Spirit of truth. The Spirit will bear witness on your behalf to the Father so that you might have life in abundance.
       Jesus warns His disciples of the persecution they will certainly experience. Oftentimes, Jesus forewarns His disciples that they, too, will experience the same troubles He did. Nevertheless, in all this, we must trust and stand firm in our faith in Jesus who has conquered sin and the enemy.
       During this Easter Season, we are taught about the witness of the Spirit in our life. We, the whole Church, are waiting for the promise to be fulfilled in a new and dynamic way. We need the Holy Spirit’s guidance and assistance. In a world where we are inundated with lies, false comforts, deception, the Spirit comes to enlighten us with truth.
       The Spirit is the pledge of Jesus that not all has been lost. It is the guarantee that we belong to the Father. Jesus has died and risen to foster new life. We are not abandoned, even though at times we may feel this way. The Spirit is our consolation that Jesus is still with us, though not physically like before but mystically. Jesus was empowered by the Spirit throughout His whole life and He entrusts us with the same power. See how much He loves us — by sharing the same Spirit that animated Him. Let us be thankful for such a great gift — the life of Jesus living in you and me. Fr. Brian Steele, MGL
 
REFLECTION QUESTIONS: Are you dependent on the Spirit? Do you call on the Advocate in times of trial?
 
Spirit of Truth, come and enlighten me. Amen

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