Jesus said to his disciples: “They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them." Judas (this was not Judas Iscariot) said to him, "Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?" Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me. I have said these things to you while I am 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 that I have said to you.”
Today is Monday the 20 May, in the Fifth Week of Easter.
Salt of the Sound sing, ‘I Need Thee Every Hour’.
Today’s reading is from the Gospel of John.
The readings we’ll listen to this week, except for Thursday’s, are given in John’s gospel as words spoken by Jesus at the Last Supper. His words, though, aren’t addressed only to the people gathered around that table, back then. In the sixteenth century, Ignatius of Loyola, unaware of the generosity of God, and eaten up by the project of making himself perfect in God’s sight, was startled when an elderly woman said to him “May our Lord Jesus Christ appear to you one day!” Taken aback, he asked himself “How might our Lord Jesus Christ appear to me?”
And today, here and now, I can ask myself the same question. Where do I sense God’s action, Christ’s presence shaping my life? How do I hope to be taught about and to learn to respond to Christ’s love for his followers? How is my life a home from which God’s generosity and love spreads?
See if listening to the reading again stirs in you some sense of the presence of the Risen Christ in your life – something the Holy Spirit will remind you of.
In the few moments that remain, talk to God about what may have come to your mind. Talk to God about the ways in which, in the coming day, you’ll hope to be at home with God and God will be at home with you in all you do and in all your dealings with those you meet.