John 15:26-27; 16:12-15

Parakletos  is used only five times in the New Testament, four times in this Gospel to refer to the Spirit and once in 1 John to refer to Jesus. Parakletos has been translated Advocate, Counselor, Comforter, helper and Intercessor. Parakletos can mean a lawyer who pleads your case or a witness who testifies in your behalf. It can refer to a person who gives comfort, counsel, or strength in time of need. The literal meaning is “someone called in; but it is the reason why the person is called in which gives the word its distinctive associations…. Always a parakletos is someone called in to help when the person who calls him in is in trouble or distress or doubt or bewilderment”. To those early Christians, whom the world would hate, the synagogues would excommunicate, and Rome would persecute.  They had the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit, who is always present and ready to help.

The Counselor (parakletos) has come, whom I will send to you from the Father, he will testify  about me” . The Spirit will serve as a witness for Jesus, who has been wrongly accused. “You will also testify, because you have been with me from the beginning”. The testimony of the Paraclete and the testimony of the church go hand in hand. The Paraclete’s testimony came first, and provides the power and  The church’s testimony makes the witness visible to the world.

~Fr. Chesco