Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word and my Father will love him; and we will come to him and live with him. But if anyone does not love me, he will not keep my words; and these words that you hear are not mine, but the Father’s who sent me.
I told you all this while I am still with you. From now on the Helper, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things, and remind you of all that I have told you.
Peace be with you! My peace I give to you; not as the world gives peace do I give it to you. Do not be troubled! Do not be afraid! You heard me say, ‘I am going away, but I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.
I have told you this now before it takes place, so that when it does happen you may believe.
READ: We, with the Holy Spirit, have decided not to put any burden on you except what is necessary.
REFLECT: At the Council of Jerusalem peace is restored by means of a compromise between liberals and conservatives. Many conflicts could be resolved with a bit of flexibility and openness to other people’s opinion.
PRAY: Let us ask the Spirit to help us resolve our differences in a peaceful manner.
ACT: Are we ready to work out a healthy compromise with our opponents?
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