They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”
Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us, and not to the world” Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.
Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.
I have said these things to you while I am 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 that I have said to you.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
It is interesting to know that Jesus is more interested in describing “the saved” as the ones who do what he does rather than as someone who professes something without concern for whether what s/he professes is lived out.
If you have spent any time serving the really poor you know that they can teach you something about how to relate to God. The alleluia from someone who doesn’t know where their next meal comes from seems more vibrant than that of one from someone who has to decide what kind of food s/he will eat next.
I think this is why God loves the poor in a preferential way, they love God more. Their need for God is palpable while the wealthy have options, which don’t necessitate God. The temptation to be masters of our own fate is very hard to overcome. The poor can teach us that.
What can the poor teach me today?
Lord, let our desire to surrender all to you, be words backed by action. Sometimes in our struggle to take control, we forget that we lose control when we forget to invite you into our concerns, doubts, and fears. So Lord, whatever our circumstance, may we rest in you, trusting in your faithfulness and unconditional support for us.
—The Jesuit Prayer TeamPlease share the Good Word with your friends!