Monday, May 19, 2014

John 14:15-21

Year A - 6th Sunday of Easter or Assured 6
May 25, 2014

If you love me . . . .

Such conditional statements lead us down crooked paths.

How much different would be our judgment of one another if we were hear this as: “I love you and invite you to practice these ways of loving one another.”

And I will ask the Father . . . .

The condition is continued as though an “Advocate” would be withheld on the basis of the limits of my “love”.

Far clearer is 14:18 — I will not leave you orphaned; I am with you already. 

Sorrow enters every life, bidden and unbidden. We lose track of our grounding presence of basic joy that everything is connected to everything; stardust shows up in even our least attractive feature. Even on a day of sorrow we will, again and again, catch a glimpse of background joy—you in me, and I in you.

This is enough, particularly when we return to a conditionality of keeping practices of life as though they were law.

Don’t go around too many bushes without stopping to smell the flowers at verse 18.


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