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  • Writer's pictureFr. Tien Cao

Receive the Holy Spirit

"I shall ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever (John 14:15-21).

I want to share with you the comforting words of Jesus, who reassured His disciples that He would ask the Father to send them another Advocate - the Holy Spirit - to be with them forever. It brings me great joy to know that Jesus cares for us so deeply and desires to provide us with constant support and companionship.

We have experienced the closeness of Jesus during His time with us in physical form, but as He ascended into heaven, we may have wondered how we would continue to feel His presence. But fear not, for Jesus has promised that through the power of the Holy Spirit, we will experience His nearness and guidance every step of the way.

Sometimes it's easy to forget that God is invisible and we can't see Him with our mortal eyes. But remember, God is never absent from our lives. Jesus wanted to assure His disciples, and all of us, that He would never abandon us or leave us feeling orphaned. He is with us constantly and forever, watching over us with love and care.

When Jesus mentioned the term "Advocate," He used the Greek word "Paraclete," which means "alongside." This beautifully captures the essence of the Holy Spirit. By asking the Father to provide us with another Advocate, Jesus promised that we would never be alone. The Holy Spirit walks alongside us, ensuring we are never left to face life's challenges in solitude. Just as Christ loves us and sacrificed Himself for us, the Holy Spirit loves us and willingly sacrifices for our well-being.

The same Holy Spirit that empowered Jesus to perform extraordinary miracles, such as healing the sick, casting out demons, and forgiving sins, is given to us, His beloved disciples. Can you fathom the incredible power and love that resides within us through the Holy Spirit?

Today, Jesus lovingly reminds us that the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, is present in our lives through the sacraments of baptism and confirmation. The Holy Spirit accompanies us every day, no matter where we find ourselves. His presence is not temporary, but everlasting. We can take solace in knowing that the Holy Spirit will be with us not only in life but also in death and our resurrection.

As the saying goes, "Kindness is like a ray of sunlight that illuminates the world and warms the hearts of both the giver and the receiver." God desires us to be assisted by the Holy Spirit because, in the process of helping, the Holy Spirit warms both God's heart and ours. How incredible it is to know that our acts of kindness are a testament to the Holy Spirit working through us.

Today, my dear friends, let us hold onto Jesus' promise: "I shall ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever." Let us fervently pray each day, seeking to be worthy of this incredible gift. Remember that Jesus has sent us, just as the Father sent Him, and we are called to receive the Holy Spirit with open hearts and embrace the transformative power of His presence.

Fr. Tien Cao

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