Here’s a wonderful way to catch the feeling of what the Holy Spirit means in St. John’s Gospel. He uses the Greek word parakletos; some English translations simply transfer the word directly as “Paraclete.” Let’s see what the word means.
“Para” means “along side,” such as in parallel lines. The other part of the word is close to our word “call.” Paraclete means “the one who is called to be at your side” as a lawyer, advocate, counselor, and helper. Some translations see the meaning of the Paraclete as “The Comforter.”
God always at our side and more: God within us. How very close is God to us!
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from the Lectionary,
During most of Lent and Easter we read the Gospel of John.
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