Monday 11 May

Today is Monday the 11 May, in the 5th week of Easter.  

The monks of the Abbey of Keur Moussa sing: ‘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.’ As they sing…. I listen.  I listen with my whole attention, with my mind and with my heart, so that I may really hear the word of God, and keep it.

  Today’s reading is from the Gospel of John.  

John 14:21-26

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 (not 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.  

Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?" As I listen to this question from Judas, I contemplate Jesus and his disciples gathered around him. It seems as if they have difficulty understanding their friend. Does this happen to me sometimes, too?  

"Those who love me will keep my word”.  True love is translated into action and loving Jesus inspires me to love my neighbour too. Maybe a difficult situation or a person I am finding difficult comes to mind…particularly during the coronavirus.  Yet this is where Jesus is. I take a moment to meditate on this.  

Jesus promises that the Father will send the Holy Spirit to remind us of everything he said. In this moment, I let the Spirit sent by the Father, and received on the day of my baptism, fill the spaces in my life…. I let a word come to mind, an attitude of Jesus that touches me in a special way.  

I listen to this passage of the gospel again, focusing my attention on how God gives Himself to me.  

I talk to Jesus now as one friend speaks to another. I entrust to him my desire to make more and more room for him in my life and I ask him for the grace to enlighten me on what is hindering me…

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.