21 May 2015
In just three days we’ll be celebrating the coming of the Holy Spirit, the “Advocate,” as Jesus calls him. But the Holy Spirit isn’t the only Advocate. Jesus himself is our Advocate, our Comforter, the One who comes close to us and stays with us.
His prayer to the Father—that we all might be one with each other, and one with him and the Father—sounds so much like a parent who’s just hoping and praying that their little child will be able to make it through the first day of school. He’s like a parent who stoops down to hold his arms out, encouraging a little toddler to walk.
Jesus is there for us, but he knows we have to do the walking. We have to learn to stand up for what’s right and just. He’s right there to support St. Paul during his trials in Jerusalem. And he’s right here with us now, and wherever we are, to strengthen us, to guide and protect us. He’s always there, praying for us.
In another three days, with the celebration of Pentecost, we’ll remember just how much he’s “there for us.” He’s there in all his ascended glory, encouraging on us through the good times and the bad. “Come on, you can do it. With me by your side, you can do anything.”