From the Pastor's Desk
Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” But faith, church and Christianity is not about keeping laws and rules. No relationship will grow or survive if the goal is to keep laws and rules. In fact, in Luke 17:10, Jesus says, “When you have done all you have been commanded, say, ‘We are useless servants; for we have done what we were obligated to do.’”
When we stop being obedient to God, Church and each other because we feel compelled to be obedient to the laws and rules, and choose to attach ourselves to God, Church and each other because of love and goodness, then our Christian living has taken a giant step forward.
It is not a set of rules that define us as Christians; however, it is the desire of our hearts to be close to Jesus that makes the difference. We are faithful to Jesus because we want communion with Him. People united in marriage are faithful to each other because their hearts belong to each other. In the same way, our hearts belong to Jesus.
As we grow in faithfulness to Him, He sends the Holy Spirit to dwell within us. Christianity is about “Communion.” The Father is in the Son and the Son is in the Father. They are in the Holy Spirt and together they form the Trinity. One God; three persons. The goal of Christianity is communion with the Trinity in this life and eternal life with the Trinity. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit makes this happen in our lives.
As Christians, our life together as the “Church” calls us to be in “communion” with each other. We are united in what we believe, how we pray and how we see our church structured. We express this unity most beautifully when we receive the Blessed Sacrament. Our communion of faith and life is made sacred by our Communion in Christ.
As beautiful as this sounds, Jesus cautions us, this Advocate, Holy Spirit is rejected by the world. This is because those entrenched in a worldly lifestyle cannot see Him and neither can they accept Him. The movements of the Holy Spirit cannot be perceived by those who live for themselves and live while they can.
At the end of this passage, our Lord promises us, “whoever loves me will be loved by My Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.” The key, then, is love. Love inspires us to be faithful. Fidelity deepens communion with the father. And, communion with God makes eternal life a reality.