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AHC B Life As Members of God’s Household Reflections - Hebrew Catholics

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Proclaim the Gospel to Every Creature

(Mark 16: 15)

Let us remember God’s Teaching, contained in His Word and in doing so,
remain close to Him. [The following are only examples illustrating how you
can note the gems the Holy Spirit highlights for your on-going reflection.]

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”.
Our Lord places a lot of emphasis on remaining, or abiding in His love. Quite naturally we find ourselves asking, well, just how do we do that? Jesus gets in first by spelling out the deal! “Your part is to obey all that I have commanded you”. Some focus on just loving one another, even as Jesus loves us. In a sense we could say that this commandment includes all the rest: obey that and we satisfy His requirement. But our Lord’s teaching didn’t take that sort of route. It could go round in circles.

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”.
Obedience, again, is put forward by Jesus, as the test of whether a person really is a friend of His. The reason we meditate on the Scriptures is to grow in the knowledge of what really is commanded by our Lord. Jesus implied: if you obey my teaching, count yourself one of my friends.

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.

 

Shalom!

 

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