Jesus said to his disciples:
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
And I will ask the Father,
and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always,
the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept,
because it neither sees nor knows him.
But you know him, because he remains with you,
and will be in you.
I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
In a little while the world will no longer see me,
but you will see me, because I live and you will live.
On that day you will realize that I am in my Father
and you are in me and I in you.
Whoever has my commandments and observes them
is the one who loves me.
And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father,
and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”
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Jesus affirms his constant presence in this Sunday’s Gospel. He reminds us that he’s always with us, saying that although the world can’t see him, we see him because he abides in us. One way that we can stay close to Jesus is by keeping his commandments. He makes it clear that we have to keep his commandments if we love him. This might come off as demanding, but it’s his loving way of embracing us. He doesn’t treat us like servants or workers, but as beloved friends. They’re not established to exclude, but into include. Keeping the Lord’s commandments allows us to enter into a deeper relationship with him, or what he describes as abiding together. Because of this, to uphold the Lord’s commandments is to love him. Jesus is still with us, and the closer we follow his commandments, the closer we’ll abide with him.
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