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 It is outdated and has no place in a ‘prosperous’ world where happiness is measured by how successful and rich a person is.
What sorrow must Jesus feel when he looks down on the people he suffered and died for and sees their hearts and minds on other seemingly more ‘fashionable’ and ‘worthwhile’ pursuits. So today he reminds us of what really matters. He reminds us that his own message, the Word of God, is most important and we need to keep that word.
The thing that many people don’t seem to grasp is that there is great joy to be had in immersing oneself in the Word of God. It is after all, the Good News! It isn’t the bad news, it’s the Good News!
So we need to ask ourselves if we keep the Word of God close to hand. Is it in our bedside drawer? Is it on our bookshelf? Have we downloaded one of the many smart phone apps that give us easy access to it? If not, why not? The resources are there. Even if you are busy and always on the move there is a way to access the Word of God quickly and easily. Great novels, glossy magazines and today’s newspapers all have their place in our world; they entertain, they inform, and they spark our interest. They are something to enjoy and we should all embrace their purpose. Yet none of them will ever be able to give you the promise of eternal life. That’s where the Word of God really comes into its own.