We are caught up amid the blessings of the Risen Lord. Hope and joy reign in our hearts. This coming Sunday’s Gospel has Jesus telling us that “in a short time the world will no longer see me; but you will see me... I will not leave you orphans”[1] Jesus will soon be ascending to His Father and the disciples need assurance – just as we need assurance - assurance that the Risen Lord is indeed with us all the time. We all love the Lord and we know that we show this by loving Him and keeping His commandments, as Jesus says, “If you love me you will keep my commandments.[2] We all love the Lord but we need His help in order to obey Him. We are truly blessed because we are not left to our own devices for Jesus promises each one of us that “I shall ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you for ever, that Spirit of truth which the world can never receive since it neither sees nor knows him; but you know him, because he is with you, he is in you. The Holy Spirit - in Greek “Paraclete” literally means ‘one called alongside’.[3]

There is great comfort in this and that is why the Holy Spirit can also be called the Comforter. He is the Spirit of Truth that will lead us to live a life of truth, or faithfulness to the Lord’s commands, to commitment to loving our neighbour as ourselves, to be Christ-like.

So, next time you are walking down the street do not walk aimlessly but consider the One who dwells in you. So, next time you are in a busy supermarket clambering to get an item from the cheese refrigerator and angry words come to mind, or whatever you are doing remember that the Spirit bears the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Do not let your fruits be rotten, do not make the Spirit sad.[4]

Sr. Rosaleen Shaw OP

[1] Jn.14:19; 18

[2] Jn.14:15

[3] http://www.word-sunday.com/Files/a/6Easter-a/A-6Ea...

[4] Eph.4:30

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