Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter
(Acts 16:22-34; John 16:5-11)
Television lawyer shows often picture defense attorneys acting as prosecutors. In order to exonerate their clients, they uncover evidence that proves another guilty of the crime. In today’s reading from the Gospel of John, Jesus tells how the Holy Spirit will perform this dual service.
Jesus calls the Holy Spirit, “the Advocate,” a fitting name for a defense attorney. He says that the Advocate will convict the world “in regard to sin and righteousness and condemnation.” The Spirit will prove the world guilty of sin for refusing to follow the teaching and example of Jesus. In doing so, it will show the righteousness of Jesus. And it will condemn Satan, the prince of the world, for his pride and deceit.
Obviously, the Holy Spirit is a valuable ally in life. It is a kind of free gift of membership in the discipleship of Jesus. We want to treasure the Holy Spirit and make use of his assistance.