“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate.”
Sunday, May 17, 2020
John 14: 15-21.
In His final discourse, following The Last Supper Jesus reassured His disciples that ”He would not leave them orphans, but would send another Advocate, to be with you always.” Knowing their fears and uncertainties, Jesus wanted His disciples to understand that they would not be alone to spread the “good news”, but that they would be assured of guidance by Jesus and could bring their concerns and problems to Him. They have the commandments to guide them and he would send a “paraclete”, a comforter, an advocate, a consoler, a helper, the one who answers the call. They were to exhibit the qualities of love: to serve each other, to be compassionate, to live in communion with one another, not to judge or condemn but to forgive, to love enemies, to wash one another’s feet.
In this time of the Covid 19 pandemic, we can incorporate these qualities of discipleship in our daily lives, by serving people who are lonely, hurting, lost, rudderless, and even dying. Using social media, making a phone call, or simply writing a note, we can reach out to these people to let them know that they are not alone or forgotten. We can minister to them just by listening, caring and being present. In a way we are being a “paraclete” to them as we answer the call to serve, to comfort, to be compassionate, to forgive, to love everyone.
The mission of Rosie’s Place, a Boston-based shelter, is reflected in this one sentence: “Compassion is the compass that guides all we do”. The compassion that Jesus urges gives us the opportunity to deepen our faith, our trust, our love for Him by serving the “people of God” and being “an advocate “ .
“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate.”
Dcn Lee E. Packard