The promise of the Holy Spirit. The commandments as a way to Christ’s Love
Alleluia, alleluia. Whoever loves me will keep my word, says the Lord, and my Father will love him and we will come to him. R. Alleluia, alleluia..
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 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.”
Jesus highlights to his disciples that love for Him, if it is true love, leads forcibly to the observance of his commandments. He wants to tell us that if there is no compliance, it means that we do not love; it is an essential and indispensable consequence that reveals whether we truly love or if we just nurture the illusion to love. Jesus also affirms that the gift of the Holy Spirit from the Father is the fruit of this love and this observance that are included in the prayer of Jesus, thanks to which we can receive it.
Christ explains that the Comforter, the Spirit of truth, is the One that the world does not see, does not know, but abides with the disciples. He promises his coming, his return that is going to happen in his Resurrection; he announces his disappearance in his passion, death and burial, but also his reappearance to his disciples, who will see him, because he is the Resurrection and the Life. The Son reveals his relationship with the Father and invites us to participate, too, and to experience this at a deep level. A consolation greater than this could not be promised, in any way, by anyone in the world, except the Lord.
The words of Jesus embrace anyone, passing from the “you” of the disciples to the “who” of whoever starts loving him, to enter into a relationship with Him and to follow him. What happened to the disciples happens to everyone who believes in him. Jesus thus opens for each of us the door to his loving relationship with the Father because, while we remain in Christ, we are known and loved even by the Father. Finally, Jesus promises to anyone who loves him the revelation of himself, i.e. a continuous showing of his love for us.
With nazarene eyes
If you love me you will keep my commandments.
The life of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, like the life of all the members of the people of God, was oriented and formed by the great commandment of love, constantly repeated in the prayer: “Listen, O Israel: the Lord is our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your strength. These precepts which I am giving you today, you are to fix in your heart” (Dt6, 4-6). Heart, mind, forces, indicate that this way of love is what gives us the key to understand what love is. Jesus himself explained this meaning with his whole life and with his word: to love as he loves the Father (Jn 15, 9). The relationship of Jesus with the Father constantly reveals to us a love which is reciprocated and without limits. And in the heart of the new covenant he asks us to love as he has loved us (Jn13, 34). Nevertheless, beside the “most important precept”, there is another one that is “equivalent”: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Mt. 22, 26-40). (The links 3.5.)
Let us pray :
Shout to God, all you of the earth. (Sal.66)
Our God is a God of salvation and deserves all the praise. If we experience trials, they are to be seen as the fusion of silver in the crucible. Silver is purified and returned to its beauty. God has preserved his Son from death while he was an infant (flight into Egypt, return, settlement at Nazareth), but then did not do miracles for the Holy Family. However, Jesus, Mary and Joseph feel protected by God as every true believer who, seeing the hand of God in the various events of life, feels protected. (Bro. Lino Da Campo)
We raise to the Father our prayers, asking him for the gift of the Spirit, because, motivated by his strength we can be faithful and consistent Christians, able to love with the love of Christ, always looking for fraternal communion and unity of hearts.