Occasion: Sixth Sunday of Easter
You can find the full readings here. This Lectio is based on the Gospel reading, 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.”
Standout Words and Phrases
Be with you always, reveal myself, keep my commandments, the world cannot accept
Jesus is preparing his disciples for life without his physical companionship. How blessed are we that we have the fullness of truth revealed to us in this age! What must it have been like to be one of the disciples during this time? Jesus’ disciples must still have their head spinning from the events of the last few weeks. They have witnessed so much and have seen Jesus’ preaching fulfilled from the institution of the Eucharist on Holy Thursday to Jesus’ death and resurrection. Through the blind eyes of faith and because of the physical presence of Christ, they have believed and now are being prepared for what is to come next.
Jesus is telling the disciples that he will no longer be visible to the world but makes the promise to always be with them. He makes a series of promises that reveal the Holy Trinity in its entirety. Throughout the Gospel Jesus tells his followers that He and the Father are one. In this passage from John, he extends this line of teaching and promises that whoever keeps his commandments will have the love of the Father by virtue of their love of him. He promises to send the Holy Spirit who will not be known to the world, but will be known to those who keep the commandments. With these words we see that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are one and that through them we will be recipients of the love of God.
Jesus promises that the disciples will continue to see him because he lives and they will live. He continues by saying he, the father, and his followers live within each other. The crux of this promise lies in the promise that Jesus is making to the disciples. The promise to send an advocate, the Spirit of Truth. Of course we know him to be talking about the Holy Spirit, the third person of the trinity. It is through the Holy Spirit that Jesus can live within us and we within him. It is through the Holy Spirit that we may continue to see through the eyes of faith in the absence of the physical presence of our Lord. The Holy Spirit guides us and Christ’s Church. The spirit can only live within us if we keep Christ’s commandments. It is very important that we are frequent recipients of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist so that we can remain in a state of grace. The Holy Spirit can only reside in us when we are reconciled with God and are in a state of God’s grace.
It is through the Holy Spirit that Christ reveals himself and the Father to us. It is through the Holy Spirit that we are able to know God and his plan for our happiness. It is He that gives us the strength to live our lives in Christ through faith.