At his last meal with his disciples, Jesus said, "I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth. You know the Spirit, because God’s Sprit abides with you, and will be in you.”
Jesus promises that in his absence God will give us “another Advocate.” The original Greek is allon parakleton. It can also be translated as another comforter, another counselor, another friend, or another companion. The phrase literally means in English, “one who is called alongside to help.” The “COME-ALONG-SIDER” so to speak.
How often we need God to come alongside us when we are weak or hurting or in distress. God is our Comforter, our Counselor, our Advocate, our Companion, our Friend. This is amazing good news to everyone who calls upon God in a time of need. The God of all creation does not forget us nor forsake us. Rather, God continually comes alongside us. This is Holy Spirit work.
We, too, can do Holy Spirit work when we come alongside people who need our help and God’s help. That is what our faith is all about. We have received the touch of the COME-ALONG SIDER. We know the feeling of God’s Advocate. And now we are to be another comforter, another counselor, another friend, and another companion to those around us.
If you are feeling very alone this day, know that God is alongside you. God will not let you go. And if you know someone who is hurting, be a friend, be a comforter, be an advocate just as the Spirit of God is for you.
Fr. John Hall