5thwk of Easter Mon.
V.21,“Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me.” v.23, “Whoever loves me will keep my word,” v.24, …Whoever does not love me does not keep my words.” These words echo similar commands already said in Deuteronomy: 19:9 “to keep all this commandment which I command you this day, by loving the Lord your God and by walking ever in his ways…” Dt 30:16, “…by loving the Lord your God, by walking it his ways, and keeping his commandments and his statutes and his ordinances…” and v.20, “…loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and cleaving to him…” It is clear that already in the Old Testament loving means obeying.
An effect of this loving and obeying Jesus, means: v.21b “Whoever loves me will beloved by my Father;” v.23b “my Father will love him.” And a greater effect is, v.23c “We will come to him and make our dwelling with him.” The two Persons are involved because v.24b “the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me.” The Third Divine Person is also involved in all this work because, v.26 “The Advocate the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you,” In John the three Divine Persons of the Holy Trinity are at work for our redemption as the three of them were also involved in our creation (Gen 1:1-3).
Let us all be conscious that when we disobey God’s commandments we prove that we do not love him. Our society is supposed to be Christian, yet we advocate the RH Law, we practice abortion, corruption is rampant in our government, tanimbala is deliberately victimizing innocent people, many OFW’s have their luggage opened and ransacked in our international airports, adultery is common practice, gay rights are promoted, just to mention some blatant acts of disobedience to God’s law. When can we truly live as a people of God? When can our lives be truly and invitation for the Father, Son and Holy Spirit to dwell among us? Our God is telling us how we are to live as His chosen race, when will we be a people who love and obey? Let us start with our own families and make our prayer groups truly communities of love (Pag-ibigsaDiyos) where God’s love prevail and where love is shown by living out obedience to God’s law.
Fr. Bert Decena, OAR