Acts 8:5-8,14-17; Psalm 66:1-7,16,20; 1 Peter 3:15-18; John 14:15-21
In today’s Gospel Lesson, Jesus gives the disciples the promise of a great gift to come. It is the last night of Jesus’ life and He is with the disciples in the “upper room.” He is preparing them for His departure. He is preparing them for what will be a time of terrible anxiety and grief. In the midst of this, Jesus says to the little group — His closest friends — “I will ask the Father and He will give you another Paraclete (a Comforter, an Advocate, a Soul-Reviver, a Re-Creator) to be with you always” (Jn. 14:16). And Jesus assures the disciples that their belief in this promise would enable them to accomplish wonders with their lives: “The man who has faith in Me will do the works I do, and far greater than these” (Jn. 14:12).
Later, after the Resurrection, Jesus keeps the promise. He appears to the disciples and He gives them the Gift of the Holy Spirit.