Gospel of 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."
"If you love me" ..... When you hear those words from someone you love, what wells up in your heart? What do those words do to you? What's your reaction, your response? "If you love me" Jesus says 'if'... Why "If?" Love must prove itself. "If you love me you will keep my commandments." There is an 'action' that flows with loving. The heart desires to prove its love. There was a popular book that came out a few years ago; "The Five Love Languages." The author speaks about the many differences among us, in the manner we express and acknowledge love. Have you ever thought about what's "God's love language?" Its an absurd question of course, as God has no limits to His love nor His language, but put in the context of today's Gospel perhaps one manner is very clear, clear enough to name. "If you love me, you will keep my commandments" "Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me." Could it be the 'language of Obedience?' Could it be, that my Father in heaven, knows that I love Him, by my obedience to His Word. We know what God desires of us, most fundamentally by the observance of the commandments God has given us. By observing His word and keeping to it, 'in season and out' I am communicating to my heavenly Father, that I love Him. To observe God's commandments means; I live this way and live by my Father's commands, because I love Him and this is how I love him, I obey Him. I obey His Word spoken to me. This obedience produces JOY! "Lord, whatever you want, as you want it, because you want it. This is our strength and this is the joy of the Lord" (St. Teresa of Calcutta).