Thought of the Day April 30, 2020 Holy Spirit, our Comforter

By 11:25 AM

One of the fears that haunts human beings is the fear of loneliness, especially as one advances in age or after one looses a spouse. Such loneliness can lead to depression, anxiety or isolation, even a sense of abandonment.

Jesus was aware of this human situation. He recognized that when he would ascend to the Father, the disciples would feel like orphans, abandoned by the one who loved them.  In John 14:18 Jesus spoke words of comfort about the one who would comfort them after he goes. He said: “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you” (John 14:18). 

He was referring to the on-going presence of the Holy Spirit, our Comforter. We are not alone. God’s Spirit dwells in us and with us. "But you know him, because he remains with you, and will be in you” (John 14-17). 

As Comforter, the Spirit gives us a sense of connection to the Father and Jesus. He provides for our real needs, which will benefit us for eternal life with God. He is the friend that will always be there for us. All we have to do is turn to the Holy Spirit and invite him to comfort and strengthen us with his love and friendship. "Be not afraid. I will be with you always." This is God's promise to us. And he fulfills it by his indwelling presence and shared life. "Come, Holy Spirit, come!"

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