Gospel Reflection for 6th Sunday Easter Year C – May 5th 2013
Full scripture for this Sunday is available on our parish website. Daily Scripture is also available. Our parish Prayers of the Faithful for this Sunday are made available on the Dublin Diocesan website.
Jesus said to his disciples:
‘If anyone loves me he will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we shall come to him
and make our home with him.
Those who do not love me do not keep my words.
And my word is not my own:
it is the word of the one who sent me.
I have said these things to you
while still with you;
but the Advocate, 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 bequeath to you,
my own peace I give you,
a peace the world cannot give,
this is my gift to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
You heard me say:
I am going away, and shall return.
If you loved me you would have been glad to know that I am going to the Father,
for the Father is greater than I.
I have told you this now before it happens,
so that when it does happen you may believe.
Making a home is a big opportunity of love for a husband and wife and a family. They try to make it their own: pictures and memorabilia here and there that make a home out of a house. It doesn’t have to be perfect. They want others to be able to feel at home in their home also.
The same with Jesus. In our hearts and the depths of our personality he makes a home for himself and the Father. He asks for a loving and welcoming heart, not a place that is perfect, tidy and clean. To make a home is a work of love. Jesus’ making of a home in us comes through our growth and development in love. The loving marriage, the loving friendship, the heart that cares for others, the family that is open to faith and love – these are what makes Jesus feel at home.
A Simple God
This is a strange way of looking on God. We think of God in the power of nature and almost the maker of history. God seems to reject this all-powerful view of himself and make himself simple, humble and accessible in the home of our hearts.
Home is a place of help. We look for each other and the content home is where each cares for the other. St Ignatius used say each day, ‘Who can I help today?’. Maybe we can make that part of the music of our homes. This is God helping through you, and it is God finding us and each other in love.
Lord, open my heart to prayer and care this day. Open my eyes to the beauty and the problems of others. Open my heart to your love for me.
Donal Neary SJ