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The Advocate

I would suspect when most of us think of the Holy Spirit, “the Advocate,” is not the first thing that comes to mind. It is a term we might normally encounter in a court of law. We do not usually think of the third person of the Blessed Trinity standing before the bench, like a spiritual Perry Mason. But, maybe we should.

When Jesus refers to “the Advocate” in John’s Gospel, it is a startling reminder that, in the Christian journey we are not alone. We have someone on our side – a defender, a counselor, an advisor. An Advocate. The Holy Spirit pleads our cause. And not only that, Jesus adds: “He will convict the world in regard to sin and righteousness and condemnation.”

But the Holy Spirit is, first and foremost, one who advocates on our behalf.

As the Spirit of wisdom, understanding, and fortitude, this Advocate pleads, in our hearts for patience. The Holy Spirit encourages compassion, defends our acts of mercy and humility. And, when it seems most elusive, the Spirit advises prayerful hope.

As the Spirit of counsel, knowledge, and piety, this Advocate stands beside us when we are unsure, or indecisive, or doubtful – nurturing our faith and offering grace in moments, when it seems that they are lost.

The Advocate who came, at Pentecost, the One foretold by Jesus, does not work on retainer. The Holy Spirit does not keep track of billable hours. The Advocate is always at our service, ready to be our defender, our companion, our counselor, our guide.

The Holy Spirit advocates for the Gospel, in order that we enabled to continue to walk the Way of Christ – no matter what trials we may face.

Hear our prayer, O Lord: bless, protect and sanctify all those who bow their heads before You.

Blessings to all. M +

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