The Father’s Plan

6th Week of Easter, Tuesday

John 16:5-11

“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.”

The One who sent Jesus sees all the generations before and after Christ as one Body in need of reunion and restoration. Yet one earthly life lasts but a brief span. How will the mission be completed after Christ’s resurrection?

In the Father’s plan, persons born again in the Spirit will perpetuate the life of Christ on earth, bringing it to completion. This new life in grace would cause St. Paul to exclaim, “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” Such a close union was not experienced even by the disciples during Jesus’ entire earthly sojourn. A deeper, more interior union and communion needed to be effected.

“And when he comes he will convict the world in regard to sin and righteousness and condemnation…”

From east and west, north and south—every tribe, nation, people and tongue—the Advocate will convict human persons of the truth of Jesus Christ, of his eternal Sonship, and of the futility of a world separated from the Father. 

In the fire of the Holy Spirit, the second Adam, with all of his brethren gathered into one, will reopen the Paradise of personal communion in the heart of the Father. Eternity begins in time, in each human heart.


2 thoughts on “The Father’s Plan

  1. Harry Warren

    Hi Fr,Victor. Regarding this Gospel by John, I listened to an interpretation by a fine Jesuit homilist today. He speculated that the word “convict” might be better understood by as “convince”. Therefore, the Advocate will direct us to discern the sin, righteousness and therefore condemnation. Seems to point to the Holy Spirit (Advocate”) as our conscience.

    I would enjoy your thoughts on that interpretation. Blessings. Harry


  2. barbaraschaflin

    Yes, I too heard that homily. What a difference the translation of a word conveys…it helps bring about a whole new meaning. Instead of condemn…using convince ..the Advocate will help us to discern and lead to a change of heart.


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