Jesus said to his disciples:
‘If anyone loves me he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him and make our home with him. Those who do not love me do not keep my words. And my word is not my own: it is the word of the one who sent me.
‘I have said these things to you while still with you; but the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all I have said to you.
‘Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give you, a peace the world cannot give, this is my gift to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
‘You heard me say: I am going away, and shall return. If you loved me you would have been glad to know that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.
‘ I have told you this now before it happens, so that when it does happen you may believe.’
Gospel for 6th Sunday of Easter
There is no hiding the generosity of spirit.
‘If ANYONE loves me he will keep my word and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him and make our home with him…’
The use of ‘he’ is a consequence of lingusitic convention. Jesus means ‘If ANYONE loves me they will keep my word …’
We put up barriers, define differences to include and exclude. And there are distinctions between us, for sure, and important ones – like ‘he’ and ‘she’.
But in Christ there is only us, and in that unity, established in him and founded on love, distinctions are but one more reason for celebration.
- What aspects of unity delight you?
- And which distinctions?
Stained glass window, Musee des Augustins, Toulouse, France. Photo (c) 2018, Allen Morris.