Jesus said to his disciples:
“Whoever loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.
Whoever does not love me does not keep my words;
yet the word you hear is not mine
but that of the Father who sent me.
“I have told you this while I am with you.
The Advocate, the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will send in my name,
will teach you everything
and remind you of all that I told you.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give it to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”
Today, the universal Church celebrates the 6th Sunday of Easter — the Sunday before the Ascension of our Lord.
In the above Gospel reading from John 14, Jesus prepares the disciples for His imminent departure, but reassures them — and us — that His physical departure does not mean we are abandoned.
To begin, the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Triune Godhead, would be sent to instruct, guide and actually dwell inside us. How amazing and cool is that!
Next, with His usual incisiveness and sweeping aside all the dizzying minutiae of Talmudic-Judaic laws and prescriptions, Jesus imparts to us a simple formula for how we are to be His faithful followers:
Whoever loves me will keep my word
And what is His word?
It really is as simple and profound as that.
For if we truly love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, and with all our strength, then we also are faithful to the Ten Commandments because the ten follow the one, logically and naturally.
And if we do that — if we love Him not with empty words, but with our actions by following His word — then we will have peace and not be troubled or afraid.
All of which would explain why study after study testifies to the beneficent effects of being a true and faithful follower of Christ. See:
- Traditional religious women are the happiest wives
- Studies show doing good deeds is good for our health
- Church attendance reduces suicide risk by half
- Religious people live 4 years longer than atheists
- Epidemic of loneliness due to decline in religion & church attendance
May the peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,