Gospel John 14:15–21
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 forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.
I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 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.”
I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to get to this point.
If we are to do good and keep the commandments not because we are trying to earn our way into God’s heart, but out of our pure love and response to God’s grace why are we told over and over and over again to keep the commandments. Shouldn’t it just come naturally?
The answer is that would be nice, but it doesn’t. As a parent, my son recently thanked me for reminding him to brush his teeth. And it clicked. We want to do right, but sometimes (ok a whole lot of times) we just plain old forget. We get all caught up in and distracted by what we’re doing, how we’re feeling, what is happening around us, and we forget. The calls for us to do this following Jesus can be thought of and welcomed as helpful reminders. Instead of hearing or reading these words and shutting down out of annoyance, dismissing them, we can thank God that we are so well known and loved to not be forgotten.