“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)
In today’s Gospel, Jesus says this to his disciples and reminds them that He will always be with them. This passage always conjures up the image of people standing up publically for their faith and shouting their belief. I do not believe that this is what Jesus had in mind. Jesus wants us to show our faith in Him by our actions not just our words. We might think that we need to do something grand in order to testify to Jesus. But it’s startlingly simple to love people—it means being attentive to their true needs. It means living more simply. It means noticing the lonely ones. It means being kind to those people who seem to make it especially difficult. It may also mean denying my needs and being more conscious of the needs of others. Jesus promises that we are never alone so let us take some time today to make others more important than ourselves and remember the real reason we do things.
Pat Schifini, OSU