Gospel: Jn 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 Helper to be with you forever, the Spirit of truth whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he is with you, and will be in you.
”I will not leave you orphans, I am coming to you. A little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me, because I live and you will also live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.
”Whoever keeps my commandments is the one who loves me. If he loves me, he will also be loved by my Father; I too shall love him and show myself clearly to him.”
Read: The Samaritans receive the Good News and are baptized. Peter preaches about witnessing to the Gospel by one’s conduct in the world. Love of God is proved by one’s faithfulness to God’s commandments.
Reflect: Living in Christian fidelity, when the world invites us to go the other way, is no easy task. One cannot do it by oneself; one needs a helper. Thus, Jesus promises the Holy Spirit as the indwelling helper to see us through the Christian mandate. Where does my allegiance lay and to whom do I lean – the Spirit of the world or the indwelling Spirit of God? And Why?
Pray: Ask God to keep you ever connected to His indwelling presence.
Act: Do an examination of conscience over the commandments and the beatitudes. What does it tell of your love of God?