In these days leading up to the Solemnity of the Ascension, the Mass readings are very special. Here is part of today’s Gospel, from St John: ‘But when the Counsellor comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness to me; and you also are witnesses, because you have been with me from the beginning’.

The ’Counsellor’ is the Advocate, the Paraclete; the Third Person of the Holy Trinity whom we may call to our side when we are in need of counsel – the One who sees into the depths of our hearts, and who understands us perfectly. In these days we await Him, as we also look towards the mystery of the Ascension. May God bless you this day.