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Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on May 29, 2011

Gospel reading of the day:

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.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: This gospel continues the passage we read last Sunday. During the course of his Passover supper with his disciples prior to his death, Jesus prepares his followers for the resurrection and what comes after it. Jesus tells them that he will be with them in an entirely new way. Last week, the disciples were depressed that Jesus was going to leave them alone, but Jesus assures them that this is not the case. Jesus promises to send them a Helper who will remind them of everything that he has taught them and assist their efforts to obey the commandments that he has given them. They will know this Helper through the eyes of faith, just as they will know Jesus in his new life with the Father through their eyes of faith. When Jesus says that “you will understand that I am in my Father and you in me and I in you,” he indicates that through keeping his commandments we will find our union with him.

Spiritual reading: Nothing is more beautiful than love. Indeed, faith and hope will end when we die, whereas love, that is, charity, will last for eternity. (Pier Giorgio Frassati)

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