From today’s Gospel (John 14:21-26):
‘If anyone loves me he will keep my word.’
These are the words of Jesus Christ. Do we love Jesus? If so, are we prepared to keep his word to show him that we love him?
Sticking to the Word of God isn’t easy in today’s world where gods and idols in the form of money, success, prestige and honour have taken over. God’s Word is no longer fashionable in most hearts. It is outdated and has no place in a ‘prosperous’ world where happiness is measured by how successful and rich a person is.
The Way, the Truth, and the Life
Today’s Gospel (John 14:1-6):
'Jesus said to his disciples:
‘Do not let your hearts be troubled.
Trust in God still, and trust in me.
There are many rooms in my Father’s house;
if there were not, I should have told you.
I am going now to prepare a place for you,
and after I have gone and prepared a place,
I shall return to take you with me;
so that where I am
you may be too.
You know the way to the place where I am going.’
Thomas said, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going, so how can we know the way?
Hearing Confession is just one of a priest's many duties
From today’s Gospel (John 13:16-20):
‘I tell you most solemnly,
whoever welcomes the one I send welcomes me,
and whenever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.’
In this Gospel passage we can clearly see Jesus referring to his disciples.
Yet, fast forward two thousand years to today and Jesus would be talking about our priests and bishops. So let us ask ourselves this question….how do I treat my parish priest?
From today’s Gospel (John 15:9-17)
‘This is my commandment:
love one another, as I have loved you.‘
Love one another as I have loved you. It’s only eight words. Eight tiny little words, yet these eight words are so loaded with meaning it is hard to comprehend their significance.
Perhaps the first thing to consider is this: how did Jesus love us? The answer to this question can be found on the Cross. For it is on the Cross that Jesus gives us the greatest sign of his infinite, unconditional love for each one of us.
Sheep following the Good Shepherd in Fatima today
From today’s Gospel (John 10:22-30):
‘The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice;
I know them and they follow me.
I give them eternal life;’
In today’s Gospel Jesus is once again emphasising the great gift he has given us: the gift of himself so that we may have eternal life. Jesus was crucified, died and rose again to save us from sin and to show us that he really is the Son of God. Those who listen to him and believe in him are truly blessed.
From today’s Gospel (John 10:11-18):
‘I am the good shepherd:
the good shepherd is the one who lays down his life for his sheep.”
There is something incredibly wonderful about focusing on Christ crucified and seeing Jesus’ battered body bleeding and dying on the Cross.
Whilst Christ’s pain and suffering on the Cross cannot be understated, it is important for us to realise that the crucified Christ is a precious gift to each and every one of us. As our shepherd, Jesus gave up his life for us so that we may live.