We are coming to the close of the Liturgical Season of Easter. After the excitement and celebration of the Resurrection, the Church’s liturgy takes our glance towards Jesus’ “departure”. The Gospel passage (John 14:23-29) for this Sunday is part of what is known as the “farewell discourse of Christ”. It is a record of Our Lord preparing His disciples in advance for His absence. Naturally the Apostles are dejected and apprehensive at the idea of His departure. He gives them a reassurance: He is departing from them – but not deserting them. He promises that the Heavenly Father will make a home in them if they love Him and keep His word. He will remain with the disciples in a very different way with the coming of the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who will lead them into a full understanding of what He earlier revealed and taught. It is the Spirit that who assists us in this endeavour too. He remains with them through the Holy Spirit…..
In the discourse, Jesus offers the apostles the gift of peace; “My own peace I give you”. This gift is extended to us in our time; if we love him and keep his word.
May the Peace of Christ be with you Fr Michael