Deacon’s Reflections

Sixth Sunday of Easter;  Year “C”

 

Loving as Jesus Loves

As this Sunday’s Gospel reading points out, to love Jesus means to live by his commandments and teachings.

In our hearts –

  • we do want to do this;
  • we want to honour Christ by imitating him;
  • we want to love like Jesus loves;
  • we know that God dwells in us when we do this.

However, it isn’t easy.

  • Things happen that challenge our ability to keep his word and imitate his ways.
  • People afflict us with their faults and failings and unloving behaviours.
  • We don’t know, or forget, what Jesus would have done in a similar situation,.
  • We fumble around in uncertainty and guesswork and sinful reactions.

There is no list in scripture that spells out clearly how to follow Christ in each and every circumstance.

This is why Jesus assured us that he’d give us his Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is here to remind us of Jesus and his holy ways, every time we face another challenging situation, from the moment we wake up in the morning till the moment we’re sleeping again.

So our problem is not that we don’t know how to keep the commandments of Christ.

Our problem is that we forget to rely on the Holy Spirit who teaches us how to keep the commandments.

We don’t know how to be aware of his guidance.

We have God’s full assistance, but we react to life’s challenges as if we must handle it by ourselves.

We must try – constantly – to be aware of the presence of God and his ever-available help.

 

Tony Felton

Deacon; St. Benet’s Minster