Sixth Sunday Of Easter Year C by Fr Isaac A Mensah

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Sixth Sunday Of Easter Year C by Fr Isaac A Mensah

Readings: 1st: Acts 15: 1-2.22-29; Ps: 66; 2nd: Rev 21:10-14.22-23; Gos: Jn 14:23-29

Theme: keep my word


In our daily discourse with others, we often come across the expressions; “I am giving you my word” or “I am keeping my word”. The first expression means “to promise someone something”. While as the second means “to uphold one’s promise; to do as one says”. Our readings of today are laden with these expressions of giving and keeping of promise.

Explanation of the text

John 14:23-29, our text for today, is part of the answer to a question that Judas asks. In John 14:19, Jesus had said, “In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live.” Judas presses Jesus for more information: “How is it that you will reveal yourself to us and not to the world?” (John 14:22).

From this question, it sounds as if Judas is expecting Jesus to reveal secrets, to give his followers knowledge hidden from the world at large. The answer Jesus gives, however, goes in another direction. Jesus is not interested in hiding knowledge from anyone.

He rather gives them His word of the promised Advocate and charges them to keep His word if they love Him. There is nothing more hurting than feeling abandoned. Feeling alone can be a profoundly difficult thing to experience. And this is what the disciples are likely to fear most.

But Jesus promises them of a helper and a teacher. However by giving them His word, the disciples need to reciprocate this love by keeping His word. This is what the early Christians did as we read from the first reading. The Holy Spirit, indwelling in the Church, helped the apostles to solve a major doctrinal problem.

By availing themselves to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, the Apostles kept the word of their master. This is evident in the letter they wrote to the Gentiles; which exuded nay epitomized their love for them.

Our world today is crying for authentic Christians who will not only profess love but live the love they profess. We want the pews to be filled with soul winners and not soul wreckers. We want the pews to be filled with mercy seekers and not miracle seekers. We want the pews to be filled with salvation oriented congregants and not solution oriented ones.

The time had come to witness by crafting a Church without walls. This is because our beliefs don’t make us better persons, our behavior does. And our words mean nothing if our actions are the complete opposite. Let our actions be bigger than our words and faith stronger than our feelings. It is only be this we all can participate in the new Jerusalem as espouses in our second reading.


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