Homily of the 6h Sunday of Easter, 21st May 2017

“Another Helper”

The Holy Spirit is always active within us, changing us. He moves and inspires us. The Holy Spirit is constantly enlightening and transforming us through His grace in order to bring forth the presence of Jesus within us. He is moulding and bringing us into maturity, into transforming union, so that the Father can look upon us and see only Jesus. The Holy Spirit can be compared to the soul in the human body as He gives life, unity, and movement to the Church. In effect, He is the Heartbeat of the Church, and the whole Church moves according to His movement. The Church lives and acts with the Power of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is therefore a “Helper”.

In the First Reading, Philip and John were sent to Samaria to help the Samaritans who had accepted the word of God. To be effective in this ministry they needed a “Helper”. They went to help but could not operate without the presence of “Another Helper”. The readings of today identify this “Another Helper “as the Holy Spirit. Having accepted the Lord Jesus, Philip and John Laid hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit to help them to believe the message of the Gospel. On this note we must realize that without the Holy Spirit, it is almost impossible to live the Christian life. We are liberated from our sin and sickness by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is this same Holy Spirit that “Raised Jesus from life” that will help us. This is possible if we can “Reverence the Lord always in our Hearts” as the Second reading encourages us.

In the Gospel today, Jesus tells us that the Holy Spirit is an “Advocate” or “Another Helper. Other translations use “comforter”, “counsellor” , “intercessor”. Already in Mk 13:11 Jesus said “Do not worry about what to say. In that Hour, say what you are inspired to say. It will not be yourselves speaking but the Holy Spirit”. In any adverse situation, one thing is clear. Our defender and our advocate always be there. Is this not tremendous and awesome enough? Our own defender, our own advocate, our own Helper is the Holy Spirit.

Jesus may not be physically present, but we are never orphans. We are never rejected. No matter what situation we find ourselves in, we can always call on our “Helper” by reciting this beautiful prayer of the Catholic Church “Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Your love. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created, and You will Renew the Face of the Earth!”
Fr. Jude Thaddeus Langeh, Please Pray for me

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