Carmelite Homilies are recorded by Fr. Gregory Houck, O, Carm., following the Cycle of Readings of the Common Lectionary. His preacher’s blog is found at: fathergreg.com
In today’s Gospel Jesus says that if you love him, you will keep his commandments; the Father will send the Advocate, the Spirit the world cannot accept. What does all that mean? I think it means – what is our starting point? Do we start with ourselves? Do we start with God? Saint Therese of Lisieux writes, “My thoughts belong to the Holy Spirit; they’re not mine. Without the Spirit of Love we cannot call God our Father.” I think the call is to begin with God; begin with the Holy Spirit. That’s where it all begins with anyway, so let us start there. And we’ll find the Advocate is in our lives. God is with us. The Spirit helps us to call God our Father.