May 1, 2016: Sixth Sunday of Easter
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.
Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me.
“I have told you this while I am with you.
The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
You heard me tell you,
‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’
If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father; for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe.” (John 14:23-29)
Jesus tells us there is one special way we can prove our love for Him, that is, by keeping His word. What exactly does that mean? It means listening intently to all He has told us. It means “pondering the words in our hearts” as Mary did and then responding in our actions. The result of keeping His word is that we will be surrounded by God’s divine love and feel God’s peace deep within us.
When we are troubled or afraid, remember Jesus promised the Holy Spirit would be with us always reminding us of the peace and presence of God within us.