Saturday 30 April 2016

Sunday 6th Sunday , year ’C’ 6e dimanche année ’C’

“My Peace I give you, my Peace I leave you. A Peace which the world cannot give, this is my gift to you.”

Ac.15,1-2.22-29 Ps.66 Ap.21,10-14.22-23 Jn.14,23-29

6th Sunday of Easter, year ’C’

“Anyone who does not love does not keep my words. And the Word that you hear is not my own : it is the Word of the Father who sent me.”

Jesus has us go down into the deepest parts of ourselves, into those places where questions, concerns and fears flow.

In these places Jesus comes and tells us that in prayer God is always the Beginning and that He always takes the initiative.

He is the One who speaks and the One who comes.

Jesus tells his disciples who are not spared of hardships : ’My Peace I leave you, my peace I give you, not as the world gives do I give."

In the end, it is in Christ that all the difficulties of our life are resolved.

The Words of Jesus are at the same time a call and a question :

’If someone loves me, he will remain faithful to my Words.My Father will love Him and we shall come to Him an remain close to him. ’

The Father, Source of all Love is the flaming furnace that wants to set us on fire.

The same Love that Jesus communicates to Mary and John at the Cross spreads throughout the whole Church. It is the fire which Jesus came to bring upon earth.

God is like a friend who stays with the one He loves.

He took on our humanity from the Virgin Mary so that we would once more be clothed in his divinity.

“I have said these things to you whilst still with you; but the Parcelete, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all I have said to you.”Peace I give you, my peace I leave you. Not as the world gives do I give my peace."

We need to remain in the faith of Jesus’ word ’If someone loves me he will remain faithful to my Word.’

This fidelity to Jesus and his Word is the shining forth of the Father’s Glory.

We become children of God ’and so we are!’ If someone loves me, my Father will love him, he will keep my Word, this Word of the Father who sent me.

To love Jesus means to believe in Him. God has spoken.

It means to welcome in Him the Love the Father offers to the world. Our love for Jesus is a response to the Love which God bears to us in his Son.

God erupts within us with all his Tenderness : ’We shall make our dwelling place in you."

We let ourselves be made younger by this word. When we discover this and adhere to it in faith we become similar to this youthfulness.

If we were poor enough we would be like Jesus very much! The mystery of God’s light would pass through us, throughout all of our humanity.

To enter into the newness of the Holy Spirit means, in continuity with Jesus’ Words, to gradually discover what the Name of God is, that is : Love.

And so the Paraclete will have us hear, from the bottom of the heart, the language of victorious Love, ’the language of the Cross’.

In a few days we shall celebrate the feast of the Ascension, Jesus going to his Father and he says ’You will be in a state of Joy.’ This is paradox , Jesus is leaving and he is saying we are going to be a in a state of Joy!

The one who is born of the Virgin Mary, the Eternal Son of the Father, came to manifest the way of the Father.

He leaves again for the Father, taking us with Him.

“You heard me say I am going away and hall return. If you loved me you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.

I have said this to you now , before it happens, so that when it does happen you may believe.”

God is expecting faith from us, he wants our consent so as to be able to give Himself to us. In solitude we need to look at what God has done so as to love us so much, that he wants to love us. We leave him free to come and dwell within us, by the path he has chosen for us in the way of Jesus.

Following Mary the Virgin of Nazareth, it is a question for us that we discover with wonder and thanksgiving the Eternal Love of the Father in daily life.

God is simple and so will our gaze be simple once God has purified it.

And so our whole being will be bathed in light our heart will stop fearing and being disturbed.

It is time for the preparation for Pentecost, the Church is going to intensify her prayer so as to beg the Spirit to come to us, for He is our life. The Holy Spirit joins to our spirit and so we cry out ’Abba, darling Daddy.’

It is a true identity to humanity grafted on Jesus’ mystery as an ambassador in the world.

What a wonderful thing it is that at the moment Jesus goes up to Heaven He tells us to continue the work He began! Saying ’I am with you until the end of time!’

We ask for the grace to be fortified by the Holy Spirit.