Gospel Reflection May 14 – Msgr. Hendricks
Sunday, May 14
Sixth Sunday of Easter
John 14: 15 – 21
Jesus said to his disciples:
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
And I will ask the Father,
and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always,
the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept,
because it neither sees nor knows him.
But you know him, because he remains with you,
and will be in you.
I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
In a little while the world will no longer see me,
but you will see me, because I live and you will live.
On that day you will realize that I am in my Father
and you are in me and I in you.
Whoever has my commandments and observes them
is the one who loves me.
And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father,
and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”
The gospels begin to shift our attention to what we do after Jesus leaves us and ascends to His Father.
In the passage today the message is clear and simple. Recognition of the Son’s presence (the resurrected Jesus) through the work of the Spirit will also reassure us of the intimate relationship that exists between the Father and the Son. Ongoing revelation is made known by keeping the commands (loving God and neighbor and forgiveness). This is how we remain in the Lord, in the Christian life.
We will see this next week when we hear the image of the vine and the branches.
Prepare your hearts for the Holy Spirit!