Proclaim the Gospel to Every Creature
(Mark 16: 15)
Let us remember God’s Teaching, contained in His Word and in doing so,
Life As Members of God’s Household
6th Sunday of Easter Year B St. John 15: 9 — 17
1. Jesus said, “If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love”.
What He was on about was taking steps to follow His model and draw on His strength to live a healthy spiritual life. If we do our best, we can expect, despite our short-comings, to experience His joy. That is something we will enjoy in an ever-increasing capacity.
2, Jesus said, “You are my friends if you do what I command you”.
One of the most amazing aspects of friendship with Him, is that we share the love, knowledge and plans He shares with His Father — as far as our nature permits. There are no secrets. We are friends — we are family. We live in the same household of God. Jesus wants us to value that status, and care enough for others to do what we can to help them also experience what it is to belong to Him.
3. Jesus told His disciples that they may ask the Father anything in His name and it would be granted. Most of us are aware of just how much this teaching of Jesus is abused and distorted. It is quite clear that our Lord is talking about earnest prayer for the Church as it spreads and draws in people from every culture. Our Lord’s words were never intended to be trotted out by prosperity preachers who are causing such havoc in the Church today, by applying His teaching to their own financial gain.
If we keep our focus on Jesus Christ, the Living Word, we will never misapply His written Word.