Today's Gospel continues the themes of absence and presence, addressing the disciples' sense of being abandoned like orphans (v.18) because Jesus withdrew from the visible fellowship of his earthly ministry into the invisibility of his exalted life. What is new this week is especially the mention of the "Advocate" (v. 16), sometimes called "Paraclete" or "Counselor" in other Bible translations. The best way to understand the Advocate is to read the five "Advocate passages" (14:15-17,26; 15:26-27; 16:7-11, 13-15) asking how they describe the work of the Advocate. The Advocate has the closest possible connection with Jesus and may be described as Jesus' spirit or as the power of God making the resurrected Jesus present to believers. "Orphaned" is not a word that most of us use very often--but it is a word that is a powerful one, nevertheless. To be orphaned is to be alone, on one's own, to be deserted--and that can happen as a child or as an adult surrounded by others. One can even be orphaned in one's own family, lonely and estranged from others, grieved by the loss of a loved one, a forgotten old person, angered, despondent, depressed, caught up in a web of problems--some real, many imagined. We have all experienced loneliness or estrangement or desolation to some degree or another. We have all asked at one time or another, "Where is God in all of this puzzling life?" "Why is he not with us?" Jesus knew that his followers would be troubled when his life and work came to an end in world history. but he also knew that his revelation of God's love and mercy would never come to an end. He promised, "I will not leave you desolate; I will come to you." In John's Gospel, that means that at Jesus' request God the Father would give another Counselor to be with his people forever, the Spirit of truth. The Spirit taught those early Christians all things and brought to their remembrance all that Jesus had said to his followers. As the Spirit did it then, the Spirit continues to do so now. Neither they nor we are alone. The Spirit of the risen Christ still brings to our remembrance the message of Easter. And this Easter message is put in an interesting and memorable way in our Gospel for today; "Because I live, you will live also." The Counselor, the Spirit of God, brings us life as only God can give it. Rich, full life, knowledge of what life is truly all about is the ongoing gift of the Spirit--life where we work, where we play, where we go to school, where we eat and sleep, where we live. The Gospel says that there is no room for desolation! The Spirit of truth comes engulfing us in the love of God, and enabling us in turn, in the Spirit of truth, to love as we have first been loved. We can thank God that the Counselor is with us forever, that instead of being left orphaned, desolate, and alone, we can come together as the body of Christ, knowing that because the risen Christ lives, we live also. That is our Easter Good News!