6th Week of Easter, Monday
At the nexus between heaven and earth, the Son and the Spirit orchestrate our grand return to the Origin. From the Father and to the Father, the Holy Spirit conceived the Son in the womb of the Virgin. By baptism “with the Holy Spirit and with fire,” He now conceives the Son in the hearts of human persons, commencing their return to the Womb of the Father.
“When the Advocate comes…
Or Paraclete, Counselor, Comforter, Intercessor, Strengthener… “he will testify to me. And you also testify…”
As one, synergistic team. The Holy Spirit does not testify apart from us, nor we apart from Him.
The apostles have a special role to play “because you have been with me from the beginning.”
The transition from the Old Covenant to the New will be filled with turbulence as centuries-old traditions violently resist change.
“They will expel you from the synagogues; in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God.” Religious zeal, as in the case of St. Paul before his conversion, may be sincerely wrong.
“They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me.” The apostles, too, need to be strengthened in this truth in order to give it to others.
Before Pentecost, the disciples may feel like “orphans,” but when the Advocate comes—“the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father”— they will know with certainty, in union with the Son, that they have a Father in heaven.