May 17, 2020
Sixth Sunday of Easter
Fr. Ed Smith
Acts 8:5-8, 14-17; 1 Peter 3: 15-18; John 14:15-21
In an election year, the phrase: “I promise you” is used quite a lot. And we may wonder if we can trust those words. But when Jesus makes a promise to us, we don’t have to worry about whether He will keep it. He has proven that he always follows through. We know we can trust His word.
And His promises touch the very core of our lives. We are currently in the season of Easter, which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus; soon we will gather for the great feast of the Ascension, which recalls the moment when Jesus returned to the Father, and finally we will conclude the Easter season with Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit was given to the Apostles and the Church. Through all of this, Jesus promises that He will never leave us. His love and presence will always be here. In today’s Gospel He tells us clearly, “I will not leave you orphans.” Because of this promise we can remain peaceful in a difficult and often confusing world. We know that we do not make this journey of life on our own. Jesus really is with us every step of the way. He gives us His word that He will be part of our lives. And what does He ask for in return? The opening line of today’s Gospel gives us the answer. Jesus says, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” In loving Him and keeping His commandments we live out His teachings by sharing them with the people around us; we become ever more open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit; and we grow as children of God as we learn to trust in his promises. This is a glorious life. It is the path to happiness. It is offered to all of us. No wonder our psalmist proclaims, “Let all the earth cry out to God with joy!” May that joy be yours throughout your lives.