(Sixth Sunday of Easter)
Scripture Reading: John 14:15
Last Sunday we were reminded that this earth is not our home; today Jesus enlightens us on what to do in order to possess the mansion He has gone to prepare for us. Dear friends, true love for God, bear fruits of obedience to Him. Does this mean that every time we sin we do not love Jesus? Truly loving Jesus leads us to give up whatever in our lives that draws us away from Him. Truly loving Jesus leads us to making changes in the way we live and think and act. Loving Jesus therefore is not just something emotional; loving Jesus means changing our lives, reforming our lives, working on our personalities and characters, overcoming sinful habits, stretching ourselves to love as Jesus loved. Loving Jesus means thinking about ourselves and others as Jesus thinks. Jesus summarized everything into two great commandments, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second resembles it: you must love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matt 22:37-39)
Barnes’ Notes on the Bible has this to say “If ye love me – Do not show your love by grief at my departure merely; or by profession, but by obedience. Keep my commandments – This is the only proper evidence of love to Jesus, for mere profession is no proof of love; but that love for him which leads us to do all his will, to love each other.” Do not show your love to me in mourning, and being troubled for my going from you; but show it by your obedience to what I have commanded you. True love must not evaporate in compliment, but in action. True love produces willing obedience. John 14:21 says “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me.”1 Jn 2:3 assert thus “ And by this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments” In Matthew 10:37 Jesus says “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me,” Jesus says. “Whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” In summary, make Jesus your first love, let your love be in action; willing obedience to Jesus’ command. You are My friends if you obey, what I command that you should do.
MASS: WHITE Acts 8:5-8.14-17; Ps 66:1-3a.4-5.6-7a. 16.20 (R.1); 1 Pet 3:15-18; Accl.Jn 14:23; Jn 14:15-21
1. Thank the Lord for His Love
2. Ask for pardon for the times you have failed to obey Jesus
3. Jesus I love you, All I have is Yours, Yours I am, Yours I want to be, do with me whatever you will (3x)
4. Behold me, O my God, at Your feet! I do not deserve mercy, but O my Redeemer, the Blood with You have shed for me encourages me and obliges me to hope for it. How often I have offended You, repented, and yet have I again fallen into the same sin. O my God, I wish to amend, and in order to be faithful to You, I will place all my confidence in You. I will, whenever I am tempted, instantly have recourse to You. Until now, I have trusted in my own promises and resolutions and have neglected to recommend myself to You in my temptations. This has been the cause of my repeated failures. From this day forward, be You, O Lord, my strength, and this shall I be able to do all things, for “I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.” Amen.
Exercise: Pray to bear witness to God’s love through your character.
Meditation: 1 John 2:3