If there is a main theme in the Acts of the Apostles, it could be summed up this way: There is just no resisting the Spirit.Starting with this week’s readings there will be a special emphasis on the Advocate, as we move toward the celebration of Pentecost in a couple of weeks. This period of preparation allows us to give special attention in our prayer life to the role of the Holy Spirit in our own lives.
Today I would like to focus on this concept of Advocate. In French, the word for lawyer is advocat, or advocate. An advocate today can be a person who believes strongly in a cause and works to have a policy that will move it forward supported. While advocate seen in these ways is a noun, it is also the case that advocate can also be a verb, giving it a sense of action. A representative in government can advocate for something.
It is this dual sense of being a noun and a verb that I would like us to think about. First, the Holy Spirit, seen as an advocate, is a person, in fact, the third person of the Blessed Trinity. But the Holy Spirit can also be seen in the sense of a verb, an action, movement or outpouring. It is often described as a rushing wind, and it is God’s spirit that hovers above the waters at creation. As wind, in the gospel of John, we hear that there is a certain unpredictability to the wind. It blows where it will.