May 17, 2020 - 6th Sunday of Easter
(Acts 8:5-8,14-17; 1 Pt 3:15–18; Jn 14:15–21)
While our salvation was won by Jesus’s death, our lives in Christ are not completely fulfilled until we receive the Advocate, the Holy Spirit. Jesus had revealed Himself as Messiah to the Samaritans during his visit with the woman at the well, but that was just the beginning. They were then ready to receive Baptism from Phillip and when Peter and John laid hands on them, they received the Holy Spirit. This reading sheds some light on an important distinction between the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. Baptism brings us into the family of God, but Confirmation enables us to live out the Christian message with greater courage and conviction through the Holy Spirit. Jesus tells us that the Holy Spirit is not merely with us, but lives within us – “I am in my Father and you are in Me and I in you.” Jesus has not left us orphans; He has sent us the Holy Spirit to be with us always.