St. John

The Promises of God – Gospel of the Sixth Week of Easter

The Promises of God – Gospel of the Sixth Week of Easter

Both of these promises are for everyone, for everyone is invited to put their trust in him. However, the promises are able to be fulfilled only in those who love him: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father and He will…” give you another Counselor, to be with you forever. Note that the love required is not mere affection or sentimentality, but obedience. William Barclay wrote correctly, “”To John there is only one test of love and that is obedience. It was by obedience that Jesus showed his love for God ; and it is by our obedience that we must show our love for Jesus”.”

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The Most Beautiful Way – Gospel Reading of the Fifth Week of Easter

The Most Beautiful Way – Gospel Reading of the Fifth Week of Easter

Far more is being promised here than simply entry into some ethereal, otherworldly place that we so often imagine heaven to be. This is the promise of the beatific vision—that we, sinful mortals, might finally behold God unmediated (for then we shall see him “face to face”), and in so doing, partake in His Divine Life, “the perfect unity of the Blessed Trinity” (CCC 260). It is the most beautiful and amazing promise of all made possible by the greatest gift of all: the atoning death and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

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The Good Shepherd – Gospel for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

The Good Shepherd – Gospel for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

It is precisely this relationship of intimacy and trust that would draw them to him when he called—even if they could not see his face—and cause them to not turn back when the road ahead seemed difficult and interminable or run away when faced with overwhelming danger. And it is this relationship that the Lord longs to develop with each one of us—so that we, too, may learn to come when he calls, follow where he leads and not stray in the face of hardship or suffering, but trust in both his protection and provision.

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The Redeeming Power of Love – John 21

The Redeeming Power of Love – John 21

No doubt this is why Peter, perhaps more than any other disciple, knew the powerful truth that “love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8) It is not because love blinds us to one another’s sins. It is because through our love for one another, but most especially through our love for the Lord, we become transformed, conformed to His image. Love, says St. Thomas Aquinas, conforms the lover to the beloved. As we express our love for God in acts of service, humility and affection we become increasingly like Him , our sinful nature is increasingly redeemed by Him and the wounds brought about by our sins begin to find healing.

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Eyes to See – John 20

Eyes to See – John 20

Peter Kreeft says “in regard to nature, the highest stage of knowledge is knowledge. But in regard to God and his images, the highest stage of knowledge is love. We know God and man only by loving them.” So often, like Thomas, we try to understand and to know God by seeking information and evidence or grasping arguments about him. While these have their value, at the end of the day they cannot actually help us know God personally and see him as He actually is. We can only truly come to know God if we open ourselves up to Him in love.

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The Gift of Divine Mercy – John 19

The Gift of Divine Mercy – John 19

From the moment Jesus was lanced by the soldier’s spear, pouring blood and water from his pierced heart, we have recognized that it was from this very wound that the promised fount of mercy flowed. This wound immediately became the most graphic image of everything that he was doing for us on the cross: his body given and his blood poured out “for us and for our salvation”.

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God’s gift of Glory – John 17

God’s gift of Glory – John 17

But perhaps, for me, the greatest glory of all is that he did this for me and for you, that we might share in his Glory, or as he says earlier, “That where I am , there you might be also”. The last words of his high priestly prayer convey Jesus’ and the Father’s deepest intention.

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The Serious Business of Heaven – John 16

The Serious Business of Heaven – John 16

Was not Bl. Mother Teresa of Calcutta an unforgettable witness of true Gospel joy in our time?…In one of her writings, we read: “We wait impatiently for paradise, where God is, but it is in our power to be in paradise even here on earth and from this moment. Being happy with God means loving like him, helping like him, giving like him, serving like him” (The Joy of Giving to Others, 1987, p. 143). Yes, joy enters the hearts of those who put themselves at the service of the lowly and poor. God abides in those who love like this and their souls rejoice. (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI)

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God’s Unfailing Promises – John 14

God’s Unfailing Promises – John 14

Both of these promises are for everyone, for everyone is invited to put their trust in him. However, the promises are able to be fulfilled only in those who love him: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father and He will…” give you another Counselor, to be with you forever. Note that the love required is not mere affection or sentimentality, but obedience. William Barclay wrote correctly, “”To John there is only one test of love and that is obedience. It was by obedience that Jesus showed his love for God ; and it is by our obedience that we must show our love for Jesus”.”

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