Tuesday of the Sixth week of Easter
"...But if I go, I will send him to you"
Saint Anthony of Padua (c.1195-1231), Franciscan, Doctor of the Church
Sermons for Sundays and the feasts of the saints
"If I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you"
The Holy Spirit is the wheat that comforts us along the road to the fatherland, the wine that gives us joy in tribulation, the oil that sweetens life’s sorrows. This threefold support was needed by the apostles who had to go out to preach through the whole world. This is why Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to them. They are filled with him – filled, so that no impure spirits might gain entrance into them: when a container is completely full nothing else can be put into it.
The Holy Spirit « will teach you » (Jn 16,13) so that you can know; he will prompt you so that you can will. He gives both knowledge and will; add to this our “ability” according to the measure of our strength and we shall be temples of the Holy Spirit (1Cor 6,19).