Tuesday, April 29
Daily Office: Daniel 2:1-16 ¨ Psalm 5 ¨ 1 John 2:1-11 ¨ John 17:12-19
We have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
— 1 John 2:1
Who is your advocate? Who supports you? Who protects you? Who guides you?
In discerning the readings appointed today, we see advocacy in a number of ways. An advocate is most often considered the source of support – the one who takes up someone’s cause. In the Old Testament, Daniel advocates protection for the wise men of Babylon from Nebuchadnezzar. In the Gospel of John, Jesus advocates for the apostles; Jesus appeals to God for God’s protection and advocacy of these disciples.
Advocacy may not come to us automatically, and it takes volition. We must engage as advocates, living the example, as instructed in John’s Epistle. We must ask for God’s advocacy as in the opening appeal of Psalm 5. We ourselves should be advocates and ask for advocacy, that we may have an advocate.
In this season of Easter, we recognize the great advocacy we have in the grace of God, in the love of Jesus, and in the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. In that support, fulfillment, and guidance, we are called to be advocates for one another and to plea for our own support, fulfillment, and guidance. In this engagement, we also may better recognize those who are called to advocate for us. - John Siegel
John Siegel has attended St. Stephen’s since 2005. A current member of the Vestry, John is engaged with stewardship and communication matters at the Church. John also serves on the Board of the St. Stephen’s Endowment Fund and is a lector, prayer leader, and usher at the 8:30 a.m. service.