Reflection on John 15:26-16:4a.
Jesus said: “When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me. And you also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.” (John 15:26-27)
In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us that the Holy Spirit, “the Spirit of truth,” will testify, and that we will testify as well. During this Easter season, we reflect on many truths: Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, as well as our own lives, sufferings and challenges, and our resurrections, both the “little resurrections” we experience in our lives as well as the “big resurrection” we pray for in the Nicene and Apostles’ Creeds. So how do we testify to these truths?
This season of pandemic, both its direct effect of sickness and death, as well as its crushing economic consequences, offers us plenty of opportunities to testify to the truths of our faith. Jesus does not promise us an easy life. In fact, in today’s Gospel, He goes on to tell his disciples “They will expel you from the synagogues; in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he is offering worship to God.” (John 16:2) Please don’t forget that God is always with us, giving us peace and strength to deal with our challenges and difficulties. “And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20b). So, once again, how do we testify?
We testify by placing ourselves in God’s hands, knowing that he walks with us. We testify by working to find our peace in the presence of God, Who dwells within each of us. We testify by following our ultimate role model, Jesus Christ, who said “As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” (John 13:34b) Finally, we testify by telling others about what God has done and is doing for us, and helping others to find God and to grow closer to God.
May the Holy Spirit lead you and your families to testify to the truths of our faith. Peace to you this Easter season.