Tuesday of the 6th Week of Easter

John 16:5-11

Jesus Departure: Coming of the Advocate


Did you experience leaving home and your loved ones? Perhaps a number of you did, for example, you left your province and came to Manila. How did you feel in leaving your loved ones? It is sad, of course. Or perhaps you experienced a loved one leaving, a parent going to work overseas. It was a sad experience, a kind of tearing of the heart.

Jesus tells His apostles that He is about to leave them. The fact pains both Jesus and them. They loved Him and thus at this announcement they fall silent and experience a deep oppressive sadness. What will they do without their spiritual Leader? Jesus had always defended them from the accusations of the scribes. Who would answer for them in the future?

Jesus consoles them. He will send One to take His place, namely the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will live in them. He will enlighten their minds that they may know the truth and help them answer their opponents, give them strength to promote the Kingdom of God, and fill them with courage when they face dangers and persecutions.

They need only to call upon Him: “Come Holy Spirit!” and they will experience His help.

We have the same Holy Spirit dwelling in us as in tabernacle. In our confusion let us call upon the Holy Spirit: “Come Holy Spirit, help me work through my confusion.” When feel weak: “Come Holy Spirit, give me strength.” When we are afraid, “Come, Holy Spirit!” (Fr. Stna Flutz, SVD Bible Diary 2002)


Before Jesus ascended to the Father, He made it a point to put things in right order and perspective. To the disciples He left the following practical reminders and exhortations: First, He told them that He will go ahead of them, but they will rejoin them later. Second He commissioned them to continue His work of spreading the Good News. Third, He gave them clear instructions as to how they are to do it. Fourth, He promised to send them the Holy Spirit to fulfil certain tasks in Jesus’ behalf and for His church as Paraclete, Advocate, Consoler and Sanctifier.

The gospel presents an almost perfect summary of what the Helper, the Holy Spirit will do in behalf of the church. Firstly, the Holy Spirit will convict men of sin and show that the world is wrong about sin. that their ignorance and stubbornness to listen to the good news caused Jesus His life on the cross (Acts 2:37). Secondly, the Holy Spirit will convince men of the righteousness of Christ. That Christ’s death is one thing that He doesn’t deserve, but selflessly gave us His life so we can stand righteous in front of God in judgment. Thirdly, the Holy Spirit will convince men of judgment that its certainty lies ahead of everyone. It is the Holy Spirit who will give the inner and unshakable conviction that they will stand before the judgment seat of God.

Oscar Wilde, an Irish wit, poet and dramatist once said: “Some cause happiness wherever they go; other whenever they go.” Definitely, the disciples were grief-stricken at the departure of the Master. They didn’t seem to understand why He must go. He went on to reassure them, however, that their sorrow will be short-lived and soon will turn into joy.” “It is to your interest that I should go away,” He said, “for if I don’t go away the Helper will not come to you.” Through the Holy Spirit guiding the Church in her journey, Christ is ever-present ‘til the end of time. (Fr. Nielo Cantilado, SVD Bible Diary 2004)


Letting go is choosing the better part. In life there are instances when we need to bid goodbye to persons and things dear to us for a higher cause. In today’s gospel the Lord Jesus bids goodbye to his disciples after years of being with them. He tried to console them by saying: “It is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But if I go, i will send Him to you.” He promised that he would still be with them through the Holy Spirit and through the Holy Spirit the world will be changed.

Like Jesus we have to experience moments of letting go. One concrete example is bidding goodbye to habits and attitudes that impede our good relationship with God and others. It may be difficult at first but we should trust and ask His strength through the Holy Spirit so that we could do it. It is only through the grace of God that we can overcome them. (Frt. Gil Rochar P. Dulay, SVD Bible Diary 2006)


Just as Jesus’ death is incomplete without His rising again, Jesus’ resurrection also makes no sense without His returning to the Father and sending the Holy Spirit on the Church.

Jesus is preparing the disciples for this new relationship with Him in the future. Even now they do not yet fully understand who Jesus really is; ‘til now they have known Him only on a human level but in the future Christ’s mission will continue and come to completion through them. Through the Spirit they will live and serve as counter-witnesses to the values of the world. The Spirit will convict the world through them.

Jesus’ promises are fulfilled already in the Acts of the Apostles. Today’s first reading is a vivid, adventure-filled narrative: Paul and Silas are attacked, beaten and jailed, then there is an earthquake and they end up baptizing their jailer and his family and dining with them! The heroes of this exciting tale and their mission are the fruits of the action of the Holy Spirit that Jesus promised would come to them.

In And Morning Came, Scriptures of the Resurrection, Megan McKenna describes the Acts of the Apostles as “a primer on how to be Church, how to live in a believing community that is attentive to the workings of the Spirit in its members, in the world, in new believers and in experiences and situations that are new, troubling, painful and demanding…the story of how the followers of Jesus and the kingdom of His Father grew in the gift of the Spirit and became Church that learned, in fits and starts…..to stand with the Crucified One, in His poor And suffering body in the world.”

Now that the Easter season is coming to an end we are nearing the end of the Acts in our readings also. Perhaps we could now take the opportunity to read Acts right through. In our lives also we are learning and growing, very much in fits and starts. (Fr. Emil Lim, SVD Bible Diary 2008)


The Spirit is Jesus’ gift to us. He sends the Spirit to us from the intimacy He has with the Father. We will know Him ‘from the inside’ and experience Him moving in our hearts and minds. Drawing us into His own communion with the Father.

The Spirit will show the world how wrong it is about sin. Jesus was condemned as a sinner (9:24). His accusers saw Him as a blasphemer but Jesus has shown, and His disciples will continue to show, that sin consists primarily in refusing to believe in Him. Sinners are those who will not let the word of God penetrate their minds and hearts and so refuse the communion of love being offered them by Jesus. The Spirit will show the world how wrong it is about righteousness (justice). Jesus demonstrates that in his actions and teaching.

The Spirit will show the world how wrong it is about judgment. Those who rejected Jesus thought they could condemn Jesus to death. The presence and the action of the Spirit demonstrate that Jesus is alive. It is the ‘ruler of world who is condemned.’ Evil has no power over Jesus and those who believe in Him. (Fr. Brian Byrne, SVD Bible Diary 2009)


Sociologists of religion are describing a phenomenon in the Church in Western which they call “believing without belonging” and “belonging without believing.”

“Believing without belonging” defines a person who believes in God but is not affiliated to any organized religion. He/she doesn’t “go to church.” “Belonging without believing” describes members of a certain religion who outwardly participate in the rituals of the church and assent to its precepts but in reality they do not believe. They go to Church only because they want to belong, to have a support system, or because of pressure from family and friends.

Early this year, there a viral video (19,898,511 hits) in Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter that talked about “believing without belonging,” in particular, hating religion but loving Jesus. This was created and posted by a certain Jefferson Bethke from Tacoma, Washington.

Today’s gospel text poses a challenge to Bethke’s issues. It narrates that Jesus leaves His disciples, but mentions that the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, will be sent by Him to them. The encounter between the Holy Spirit and the disciples is known as the Pentecost event in which Joseph Ratzinger, the present Pope, considered as a confirmation that the twelve chosen men and those present during this event are the Church, the People of God. in other words, we cannot just believe in Jesus without belonging to His Church, and neither can we belong to His Church without believing in Him because theologically speaking he is the one who gathers people to become a Church and he is, in fact, the Church. In St. Paul’s language, the Church is the Body of Christ. Therefore, Jesus is the Church. This just tells us that “believing and belonging” are not two separate realities. They are two sides of the same coin. As followers of Jesus, we are invited by the Gospel to live out these two realities and proclaim this truth to everyone (Fr. Ross Heruela SVD Bible Diary 2013)


My Reflection for Tuesday May 27, Sixth Week of Easter John 16:5-11 – Reflection: Departures are always filled with sorrow, for example a loved one or a dear friend who dies. Or somebody close to our heart that we would not be seeing for so many years. These kinds of scenarios are heart wrenching and always filled with tears and grief. However this is only physical disconnection the memories and the good things will always remain.

In our gospel for today Jesus is slowly disconnecting Himself from HIS disciples (Now I am going to the one who sent me, John 16:5). This disconnection was only physical in nature, through the Holy Spirit who was now their helper/advocate Jesus was actually with them until forever.

It’s a fact of life that we will be leaving this world permanently we don’t know when will it be but we will be leaving this world for sure. Do you want to permanently carve a permanent dwelling in the hearts of those who know and love you? Then, always do good and be like Jesus.

More than two thousand years had passed since Jesus walked on this world yet Jesus is still in our hearts. Why? For the reason that HE did good all the time, HE helped the poor, HE was the personification of simplicity, humility and kindness.

We only exist once in this world, let us live it like Jesus lived it. (Marino J. Dasmarinas)



MISSION FIELD: “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; Your love, O Lord endures forever.” – Psalm 138:8

I used to be active in our campus ministry. I helped in various committees. I eventually joined the Light of Jesus Family, and was entrusted with more responsibilities. I had no complaint because there’s delight in being busy for God’s business.

Things changed when I started working. My workload and fatigue made it impossible for me to keep up with my tasks. I began missing out on attending prayer meetings and other related events. It was disheartening. It felt like my absence was making me drift away from my mission.

Fortunately, God sees our circumstances in a different light. He led me to people who made me appreciate that where I am is my mission field. It dawned on me that genuine service is not an activity, but a way of life. I was reminded that my personality is crafted for God’s purpose. God gave me a listening heart to lead people to healing, wisdom to mentor others, optimism to bring encouragement. I realized that no matter what happens, God can maximize using me according to His will. God creatively and consistently finds a way to meet us where we are. Maymay Salvosa (cmaysalvosa@yahoo.com)

Reflection: Service has no boundaries.

Father, open my heart to see how I can live for You today, and bless me with humility to do it Your way, Amen.



1ST READING: Paul has come to the point where he does not care if he lives or dies. The only thing that matters to him is whether or not he has an opportunity to share the Gospel with someone. Let us reflect upon this story in order to draw encouragement from Paul’s attitude towards imprisonment and suffering. Acts 16:22-34

GOSPEL: Jesus believes that the sending of the Holy Spirit is the work of both the Father and the Son. This is why He needs to return to His Father so they can send us the Holy Spirit as the enduring sign of their love for and presence within the Church. Let us pray that we will always welcome the Holy Spirit in our hearts and in our communities so that we will always be guided according to the mind and heart of God. John 16:5-11

think: Let us pray that we will always welcome the Holy Spirit in our hearts and in our communities.



DEFENDING LIFE: One of the roles of the Holy Spirit is to convict us of sin in our lives. We live in a day and age of denial, and the primary denial taking place concerns the nature of the human person. Many academics deny that there is anything fundamental to the structure or the psyche of the human person, such that there might be demands made upon the actions of the individual. They might not say it in exactly the same words, but what I have just expressed is the fundamental basis of the relativistic skepticism that permeates much of today’s society. “There are no absolute truths” is the catch phrase or slogan of this trend — that what is true for me may not necessarily be true for you. This may  be the case, but there must be some truths regarding the human person, otherwise there is no basis for morality or any order in society.

Access to abortion is one of the key issues. Abortion, in its most basic description, is the killing of an innocent, unborn child. Proponents of abortion on demand use the word “fetus” to describe the child because it does not connote the same sense of personhood as the word “child.” The language of the people is focused on the woman’s self-determination and her so-called “rights” in this regard. They never speak of the rights of the unborn child to live.

The problem with their argument is they never speak about the responsibilities of the people involved to avoid pregnancy if they are not yet ready to become parents. No one has a right to have sex just because they want it. The act of sex is one person’s gift to the other as part of a committed relationship. Human beings have a natural human appetite for sex and, as such, it should be subject to the moral demands of self-control.

Our world is growing in its disregard for human life. There can never be a just society where the weakest and least able to protect and even speak for themselves are regarded as alien invaders of another person’s rights and could be destroyed without a second thought. Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL

REFLECTION QUESTION: How do you defend life?

Holy Spirit, help me to be a firm defender of life in all its beauty and fragility. Help me to stand up for those least able to defend themselves. Help me to work for the abolition of all legal statutes that are antithetical to the dignity of human life from conception to natural death.



STEPPING UP –  It is better for you that I go away, because if I do not go, the helper will not come to you.” – John 16:7

I am a lay missionary. I occasionally lead worship for our community. I handle the operations of our weekly prayer gathering and everything is going well in my service.

One time, our leader and preacher asked me if I could preach on his behalf since he wouldn’t be available that week. First, I was afraid; I was petrified (as if I was singing “I Will Survive”). But I felt this was a “stepping up” opportunity I should not miss.

Thank God I said yes. Because even if it was challenging, I knew that I was not doing it for myself but for God and His people. When the day came, I was honored to bless our community for that preaching opportunity I won’t ever forget.

In today’s Gospel, we are reminded that whatever challenge comes our way, we just need to step up because we have a God who believes in us and who empowers us to do great things for His name. JC Libiran (jclibiran@ymail.com)

Reflection: How do you allow God to empower you in your life? How do you step up to bless others?

Jesus Christ, strengthen me. Holy Spirit, empower me. C’mon God, shine Your light through me. (From the song “Invincible”)



Consolation from the Spirit

May 12, 2015 (readings)

Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Father John Doyle, LC

John 16:5-11

Jesus said to his disciples: “But now I am going to the one who sent me, and not one of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ But because I told you this, grief has filled your hearts. But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes he will convict the world in regard to sin and righteousness and condemnation: sin, because they do not believe in me; righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will no longer see me; condemnation, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.”

Introductory Prayer: Lord, as I begin this prayer I offer you my whole self: my thoughts, desires, decisions, actions, hopes, fears, weaknesses, failures and petty successes. I open my entire being to you, aware that you know everything already. I’m certain of your mercy and of the purifying power of your penetrating, loving gaze.

Petition: Lord, help me to experience the joy and consolation of the Spirit.

  1. Sadness at Jesus’ Parting:As Jesus’ imminent self-sacrifice approaches, the apostles are overwhelmed with confusion and grief. “Who is going to betray him?” “Why is he going?” “What will we do without him?” Questions like these — fruit of their concern for their Master and friend — are whispered to and fro. They have given up everything to follow him. Jesus strives to console them although he is immersed in grief himself. Sorrow is not lacking in the life of any pilgrim, and as Christians we are exiles in a foreign land. Our joy and hope comes from the vision of faith, which enables us to follow in the footsteps of Our Lord. His sacrifice and victory give meaning to our daily trials.
  2. The Consoler’s Coming:We are called to an intimate friendship with the Holy Spirit, the “Sweet Guest of the Soul.” Jesus breathed the Holy Spirit upon us at our baptism to be the craftsman of our holiness, and our consolation and strength as we await Christ’s return. No one would wish to face a criminal trial alone and unaided; nor should we try to face the ordeal against sin without the help of Christ’s advocate. Am I aware of the gentle presence of the Holy Spirit in my soul? Am I attentive and docile to his inspirations and movements?
  3. Setting Things Right:Nothing is so unsettling as to see the “bad guy” win. Whether it be in the movies or in real life, somehow it seems written in the very fabric of the universe that good should prevail. Many times evil has appeared to usurp the upper hand momentarily, but a Higher Power has always intervened, causing one tyranny and dictatorship after another to crumble. In our own day, evils abound in societies where the lives of the most vulnerable are greatly undervalued. Christ reminds us, however, that the Holy Spirit is at work. Time and again the Holy Spirit continues renewing the face of the earth and changing hearts, bringing good out of evil. Am I too pessimistic in the face of evil, or do I have the optimism of a Christian? Do I confide in the grace and action of the Holy Spirit?

Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, you have left us to go to the Father and yet you are still with us through the action of your Holy Spirit. Help me to find strength and consolation as I strive to follow his guidance.

Resolution: I will take a moment out of my day today to thank the Holy Spirit for his action in the world and in my life.



TUESDAY OF THE 6TH WEEK OF EASTER (YEAR B) – JUAN 16:5-11 UNSA MAY PAPEL SA ESPIRITU SANTO DIHA SA ATONG KINABUHI ISIP MGA TINUN-AN? Gisultihan ni Hesus ang mga tinun-an nga dili magsubo sa iyang pagbiya tungod kay iyang ipadala kanila ang Balaang Espiritu, nga mao ang Maghuhupay. Sama ni Kristo, ang mga tinun-an pagalutoson tungod sa pagsaksi sa kamatuoran. Ingon niini ang atong masinati kon magtarong kita sa atong pagpuyo, pagtoon, pagtrabaho, o kaha pagnegosyo. Adunay masina, masuko, ug manaot kanato kon kita dili moapil sa binuang o sa pagpakasala. Apan dili kita angayng mabalaka tungod kay ang Espiritu sa Dios maoy atong Manlalaban ug Maghuhupay. Angay nato siyang ilhon ug sangpiton sa matag adlaw. Matod pa sa usa ka magsusulat, “The Christian who neglects the Holy Spirit is like a lamp that is not plugged in.”Posted by Abet Uy



See Today’s Readings:  Year I,   Year II

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