Thursday 18 May 2017
St John I.
Acts 15:7-21. Psalms 95(96):1-3, 10. John 15:9-11.
Proclaim his marvellous deeds to all the nations — Psalms 95(96):1-3, 10.
‘If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remained in his love.’
On the surface, these words appear very simple—you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours. But, underneath, the meaning is far more profound.
The commands of Jesus are deep, meaningful, thought-worthy and difficult. They take daily dedication, reflection, revision and reassignment. They take us away from the ‘me’ and into the ‘you’. They take us away from simply following to be a participant, a listener, a doer, a reader and reflector. Following Jesus’ commands isn’t easy, but with that we grow, learn, stretch ourselves and, ultimately, love.