“Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him and we will come to him"
Year A 6 6th Easter Sunday 5/17/2020
Dear friends in Jesus Christ,
“Whoever loves me will keep my word, says the Lord, and my Father will love him and we will come to him” (John 14:23)
From the first reading, we hear that Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed about the Christ to them. The Apostles heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God and they sent Peter and John to them (Acts 8:14). Faith plays a vital role in the life. It makes us to obey God’s commandments. Faith and obedience are bound up in the same bundle. One, who obeys God, believes in him; one who believes God obeys him.
For a follower of Christ, obedience to God is obedience to the commandments of Christ. But in order to obey Christ, we first need the conversion of our hearts or a change from our previous life-style to “the new life in Christ”, “venerating him in the heart”(1 Peter 3:5). Once our hearts are converted to Christ by means of faith, we are ready to obey the commandments of Christ; and we will obey for the love of him. This is what Jesus meant when he said,” If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15).
If we obey commandments of Christ, and then only, he will send his Holy Spirit: “If you obey the commandments, I will ask the Father, who will give you another Helper” (John 14:15-16).
God gave us abilities to overcome obstacles and grow, to discover more beauty in the world and creative, to be compassionate to the needy and be generous; to see things clearly from God’s point of view and follow. Yet we need Holy Spirit to activate and develop our inner capacities to the full and become Christ-like and enrich the lives of people around us.
God bless and have a blessed Sunday,