John 14: 23-295
“Because a loveless world,” said Jesus, “is a sightless world. If anyone loves me, he will carefully keep my word and my Father will love him—we’ll move right into the neighborhood! Not loving me means not keeping my words. The message you are hearing isn’t mine. It’s the message of the Father who sent me.
“I’m telling you these things while I’m still living with you. The Friend, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send at my request, will make everything plain to you. He will remind you of all the things I have told you. I’m leaving you well and whole. That’s my parting gift to you. Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left—feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught.
“You’ve heard me tell you, ‘I’m going away, and I’m coming back.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I’m on my way to the Father because the Father is the goal and purpose of my life.
“I’ve told you this ahead of time, before it happens, so that when it does happen, the confirmation will deepen your belief in me. I’ll not be talking with you much more like this because the chief of this godless world is about to attack. But don’t worry—he has nothing on me, no claim on me. But so the world might know how thoroughly I love the Father, I am carrying out my Father’s instructions right down to the last detail.
“Get up. Let’s go. It’s time to leave here.”
Here we begin to see Jesus prepare to leave to sit alongside the Father.
We instead learn more about the Holy Spirit, who the Father will send down among us to live the word of God.
The Spirit is with us to help to spread the word and the works of Jesus and God. We know from other scripture, that Jesus will come to judge the living and the dead, and at this judgement, will we reach our goal and our purpose.
Last week, Pope Francis took 12 refugees back to the Vatican from the Greek Island of Lesbos. He has again shown us how we should be treating refugees that are fleeing conflict. To follow God’s word, we should welcome them just as people would have welcomed the disciples. We shouldn’t be ignoring their plight as they are God’s children. We should be helping them as much as we can: through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can be doing more to help these refugees
We look to you for help in times of need.
However, we sometimes miss those that are in serious need of prayer.
We ask you, along with the Holy Spirit, to keep the refugees that are looking for safety under your watchful protection.