Today’s gospel: John 14:21-26
Jesus himself tells us the work of the Holy Spirit. “The Advocate, the holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name–he will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.” (v.26). Jesus taught us a lot of things, and we can read those in the Bible. Jesus’ teachings are easy enough to forget, as we are in a highly secularized society, and easy enough to ignore, as quite a bit of what he has told us are hard teachings, and easy enough to choose and pick from, as we still think we know better than God as to what is good for us.
But if the Holy Spirit is truly with us, then he will remind us (so we don’t forget or ignore) and he will teach us, that is, he will make clear what Jesus has said. Is this the case with you? Let us see.
Here is one thing Jesus tells us. “Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me.” (v.21). Do we really love Jesus? If yes, do we then observe his commandments? What are the most important commandments given by Jesus? First is to love God with our all. Second is to love our neighbor as ourselves. Third is to go and proclaim the good news to all. This third one is in fact all about the fulfillment of Jesus’ mission, to bring salvation to all. It is all about souls not being lost but being in eternal joy with God in heaven. It is about getting people to meet Christ, so that they can live Christ and share Christ, all three of which are what it means to be a true Christian. So this is a very important commandment.
Judas, not the Iscariot, asked Jesus, “Master, what happened that you will reveal yourself to us and not to the world?” (v.22). Jesus revealed himself to the disciples who were with him. But Jesus leaves it to his disciples to reveal himself to the world. Jesus came not just for a few disciples, but to save the whole world. Now do you see the importance of your task of evangelization?
Do you love Jesus? Is the Holy Spirit with you? Then participate vigorously in the work of the New Evangelization. It will be hard and full of sacrifices and suffering. But we do it because we love God who loved us first, even when we were sinners. We do it because we love our neighbors, whom we do not want to be lost. We do it because we are humble obedient servants. When we do so, then God gives us the bonus, as Jesus assures us, “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.” (v.23).
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God bless you.
“For to me life is Christ, and death is gain.” (Phil 1:21)