Love prompts us to pattern our lives after the model of Jesus, the one we love. The love that comes to us through the Spirit will overflow into the lives of others. We will be agents of God’s love in the world….Our lives will be evidence of the presence of the Spirit in our midst.
– Dianne Bergant
The readings for the sixth Sunday of Easter cycle A can be found here.
The scripture scholar will tell you today’s reading has three basic topics; 1) love of Jesus, 2) reward for loving Jesus and, 3) the differences between the world and the disciples. John also included the commandment to love your neighbor.
By instituting the role of the Paraclete as a go-between John has established Jesus’ role as the new Moses. Jesus will plead, before God, the case of the sinful people, which is how the Jewish people saw the role of Moses. The Paraclete will continue Jesus’ earthly mission with the disciples. Now, “there is no ‘separation’ of the believers from God/Jesus so they need not look to heavenly habitations to experience salvation in the presence of God” (Pheme Perkins, New Jerome Biblical Commentary, p.975).
The Paraclete continues Jesus’ earthly mission with us today. If we read this Gospel for two more verses John has Jesus put this relationship into better focus. Jesus says if we keep His word He will make a home within us.
Pope Benedict XVI (B16) tells us that Jesus taught “inasmuch as you belong to me, you also belong to one another.” Faith and belief in Jesus compels us to live for one another.
God expects us to step up. Righteousness is a good thing. Exceeding righteousness is even better. Knowing God’s word is no substitute for doing it. Good works count.
– Barbara Brown Taylor
This is not an easy task. The Holy Spirit troubles us and shakes us from our self-indulgence to put others at the center. Let me introduce you to Helen Jablonski who exemplifies the Sunday Gospel. She “believed that God is the people and that we see Him through the people.” Helen started PeopleCare, Inc. to help homebound seniors and their caregivers. With the teaching of Jesus and motivated by the Holy Spirit we can see God in the people around us, like Helen Jablonski, and can take action. Folks like Helen model Jesus through their life.
Faith is something one lives, not something one says or something one does. If that distinction is not grasped then much of it is nonsense.
– John Shelby Spong
If you take one thing away from this homily it should be to listen to the Holy Spirit. Inside you Jesus as built a home. We are connected to Jesus through the Holy Spirit who compels us to action. Get out from the Sunday pews and model the life of Jesus to those you know. It can be scary putting others in the center of our lives, but rewards are endless.
If we trust him, then, we will have what we need, even though we may not have all the answers. That includes conclusive answers to our persistent curiosity about who is in and who is out… If we stop looking for information apart from Jesus and instead focus on trusting Jesus, we will obey his commandment to love one another, and we will do great things – even greater things (we wouldn’t dare to say this if Jesus’ hadn’t said it himself) than Jesus
– Brian Mclaren