Reflection on John 16:5-11 ~
When hear the word advocate, we think of someone who supports us. The same Spirit that consoles can also expose the rawness of our participation “in the world.” The unmasking of our sins can feel quite uncomfortable. However, when we allow the advocate to help us spiritually judge our self, we become “as a child” and can finally understand wrongs and are led to righteousness. This truth comes with the effect of also knowing the divine embrace of the fullness of Christ.
John 16 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
The Work of the Spirit
“I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. 5 But now I am going to him who sent me; yet none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 about sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; 11 about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on John 16:5-11.